I would like to know if any books have been written about a given topic, or, say, by a specific person. More so, I am not interested in whether the NYIT Library owns a particular book, as I understand that I can either request it through interlibrary loan, or recommend that it be purchased and added to the collection.
I would like to locate a library in the city, state or country, that subscribes to a particular journal, or magazine, or that has a specific title in its holdings. I have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), and/or an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN).
The above two scenarios offer perfect examples of WorldCat's true value.
WorldCat is a vertical search engine focusing on libraries. A meta catalog of close to 200 million records, WorldCat indexes books and other materials from libraries around the world. A quick search tells you both what books have been written about a given topic, and where a particular book or journal is available based on your current location. Clicking the Find in a Library link in Google Books directs you to WorldCat’s search engine and website. Cut out the middle man (i.e. Google) and proceed directly to WorldCat.
NYIT access to WorldCat comes in two varieties: the free public Url, and the advanced NYIT interface. There is also a custom mobile Url, and mobile Apps.