Monday, October 30, 2006

Resource Review: World Catalog - A Great Way To Find Books

One of my goals in having this blog is to bring you resources that may save you time and money. Obviously, when it comes to books if you are not sure whether you want to buy a book, one of the easiest ways to save a buck is to take a look at it in the local library.

Now sometimes, especially if you live in a smaller town, your local library does not have the book you want. But that does not mean it may not be at another library a reasonable distance away from you. The problem is how do you know?

A really cool website to solve this problem is WorldCat. It is a search engine that states it lists "1.3 billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide."

If you go to the site and type in author, title, or even ISBN number it will search its database. It will then list the results. You then click on the link for your book and on the next page it has a box where you can put your zip or state and it then lists several libraries by distance from your location.

For instance, my local library does not have a book I have been thinking about picking up, James Altucher's Trade Like Warren Buffett (Wiley Trading). So I typed in the title and my zip and found it is available in a public library only 18 miles away from me. The bonus is that this city library does not require that I be a resident of that city, just of California, in order to check books out.

So if you have been frustrated by the selection in your local library give the WorldCat site a try.

BONUS ALERT!! I have put the WorldCat search box on my website above so you can search right away.


eddie said...

thx steve. great resource for journalists as well. where do you find this stuff?

Steven said...

Thanks. I did not mention that it also looks for articles and other stuff, not just books. As far as finding this stuff, I just have always been good at finding stuff on the internet. Just read too many Encyclopedia Brown books when I was a kid...LOL


Interesting stuff