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Adding the Worldcat Holdings App to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) profiles

Expand your instance of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to seamlessly include access to Worldcat holdings information.  For mutual customers of Worldcat and EDS, OCLC & EBSCO have teamed up to offer libraries the opportunity to search and retrieve information about other libraries that hold items available in your catalog - directly on the detailed view of an EDS record.

The Worldcat Holdings App (formerly known as a Widget), utilizing the Worldcat API, offers the ability to display  Affiliated libraries holding this item and Nearby libraries holding this item. Library administrators have the option of choosing one or both options to display. 

To enable the apps you will need an OCLC API Key.  Request your key from OCLC.

To enable the apps:

  1. Select the desired EDS profile from the Choose Profile drop-down menu on the Customize Services tab.  Your default profile is (eds), although you may have selected to create additional profiles. 

  2. Click the Viewing Results sub-tab.

  3. Click Modify to the right of Worldcat Widgets. The Worldcat widgets screen is displayed.

  4. Enter the following information:

    General Settings

    • Worldcat API Key: Enter your Worldcat API Key.  If you have not yet received your OCLC API Key, please submit this form to OCLC.

    • Results List Link Text: Enter link text that appears in the result list for Worldcat items. When users click this link, they view the Worldcat widgets on the Detail Record for an item.  Example: Find this item from another library via WorldCat  

    • ILL Link: Select an ILL provider (if available) If an ILL link is set, libraries listed in the widget will not appear as hyperlinked. Users click the displayed ILL link to request an item.

    Affiliated Libraries Widget

    • Show: Set to Yes to display the Affiliated Libraries widget.

    • Title: If desired, enter a title for this widget. You may also leave the default title in the field instead.

    • List of Library Symbols: Enter the library symbols for the affiliated libraries to appear in the widget.

    Nearby Libraries Widget

    • Show: Set to Yes to display the Nearby Libraries widget.

    • Title: If desired, enter a title for this widget. You may also leave the default title in the field instead.

  5. Click Submit to save your changes.


See also:

Basic WorldCat Search App (Widget) for EBSCOhost and EDS