When To Use BLC WorldCat vs. the Classic Catalog


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You can search holdings of the Tufts Libraries Collection using either the BLC WorldCat or the Tufts Library catalog:

What’s inside? Resources you can find in BLC WorldCat and the Tufts Library Catalog…

Articles…

Features BLC WorldCat Tufts Library Catalog Details
Articles from journals, magazines, newspapers, and more Yes No Discover articles from a wide range of sources in BLC WorldCat. Click on the Find it @ Tufts button to see if Tufts provides fulltext access. If not, place an ILLIAD request and the article usually arrives within one week.

Books…

Features BLC WorldCat Tufts Library Catalog Details
…at Tufts Yes Yes The Tufts Library Catalog contains additional titles, such as certain eBooks, and provides more details on a book’s status. Also provides links to Google Books and the Internet Archive, where available.
…at BLC Libraries Yes No Use BLC WorldCat to find and request books from BLC libraries or get a BLC borrowing card to view/borrow the books at the other libraries.
…at Libraries Worldwide Yes No Use ILLIAD to request any items you’d like to use from libraries other than Tufts or the BLC.

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Audio/Music Materials (Movies / Sound Recordings / Musical Scores, etc.) ...

Features BLC WorldCat Tufts Library Catalog Details
… at Tufts Yes Yes  
… at BLC Libraries Yes No Use BLC WorldCat to find and request items from BLC libraries or get a BLC borrowing card to view/borrow the items at the other libraries.
…at Libraries Worldwide Yes No Use ILLIAD to request any items you’d like to use from libraries other than Tufts.

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Other Formats...

Features BLC WorldCat Tufts Library Catalog Details
Government Documents Partial Partial The Tufts Catalog features government documents in the Tisch Reference and Stack collections as well as links to key eSources but not in the Tufts print Government Documents collection.
Tufts Theses & Dissertations Partial Partial The Tufts Catalog lists graduate dissertations; undergraduate theses are listed in the Tufts Digital Collections and Archives (DCA). BLC WorldCat includes some Tufts dissertations as well as those awarded by other institutions; the latter may be ordered by ILLIAD if the author permits.
Tufts Archival Materials Partial Partial Many Tufts Archival collections are listed in the Catalog; the DCA website provides more details. BLC WorldCat includes Tufts archival materials as well as those from other institutions. Archival materials usually can’t be ordered by ILLIAD although a growing number of collections are available online.

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Search and discovery options available in BLC WorldCat and the Tufts Catalog…

Features BLC WorldCat Tufts Library Catalog Details
Advanced search with multiple search boxes Yes Yes Both catalogs provide multiple search fields for complex searches.
AND/OR functionality in advanced search Yes Yes BLC WorldCat defaults to OR unless you type AND; Tufts Catalog defaults to AND.
Facets and finding aids Yes No BLC WorldCat provides facets/finding aids that hightlight specific kinds of resources within your search results. Use the language, topic, year, or author facets to “drill” into theresults.
Search option for limiting by format/material type, such as audio, video, map, government document, etc. Yes Yes Both catalogs offer options to limit searches by format/material type, but BLC WorldCat offers more options than the Tufts Library Catalog does.

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