Individuals who search ERIC at www.eric.ed.gov may notice a Find in a Library link in the search results. ERIC is partnering with OCLC to leverage the OpenURL Gateway and WorldCat to provide users with a link from ERIC records to electronic and print resources available in libraries. The feature dramatically streamlines the process of obtaining full text.
The Find in a Library feature offers two linking paths: OpenURL access to library holdings and WorldCat. For users associated with one of the 1,100 libraries registered with the OCLC OpenURL Gateway, selecting Find in a Library will lead to a search of the library’s electronic holdings and seamless access to available full text. If no full text is available users may choose to link to WorldCat.
If the user is not affiliated with a library registered in the OpenURL Gateway, Find in a Library will connect to WorldCat. Using this service the ERIC user will be able to find the nearest library with a print or electronic version of the material. WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services and catalogs a billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.
Source: ERIC news and the ResourceShelf