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Global Campus Guide: Help Me Use Worldcat

This guide describes the services and resources available to students enrolled in the Global Campus of RTS

Finding Books in Worldcat

There are many ways to find books on the internet. You have probably used Amazon and google books many times. One of the wonderful things about google books is that many titles are available for free full text. Google is not the only player in digitizing open access books For more information about finding free e-books, consult the libguide

However, one of the easiest ways to find books and other resources is by visiting

Worldcat is a catalog of most of the world's libraries. Over 2 billion items are cataloged in worldcat. When you visit worldcat you will see a page that looks like this

You will notice that you can create your own account by filling out the registration link in the top right corner. This is not necessary, but can be useful for saving searches that you create when compiling your bibliography. In the screenshot below, you can see what happens when i search "just war theory" in worldcat. We have over 34,000 returns. You can easily narrow this down using the limiters on the left side of the screen. The screenshot below shows what happens when i select "Print Books" and "English"

We now have a more manageable1,000 or so items. You can sort your search by author, title, date or relevance using the drop down box in the right hand corner.

When you click on an item, you will frequently be given the option to "preview this option" by clicking on this link, you will be able to view the table of contents of the book. You can request a chapter from the book by emailing the bibliographic information of the book as well as the chapter title, author, and page number to

The two screenshots below show how you can find this information.

Your email to Michael might look something like this:

"Could you please order this chapter for me

"Consistency in the Armed Enforcement of Human Rights: A Moral Necessity? by Ned Dobus in Just War Theory by Thom Brooks ISBN


You should get your item within one week, and there is no limit to the number of articles or chapters you can request although there is a limit to the number of articles you can request from one book.