Through the FirstSearch database, powered by OCLC’s WorldCat, HCPL patrons have access to records of materials in libraries both near and far: library patrons can search for books, audiobooks, eBooks, magazine articles and other items that are available both in the Harrison County Public Library AND in libraries everywhere.

Thousands of libraries worldwide contribute information about their new resources to WorldCat daily, making it an international resource for locating and sharing materials selected by librarians for their users. Recent enhancements allow users to quickly pinpoint local materials and seamlessly connect to NetLibrary eBooks.

Users can find information on everything from antiques to zoology. Students of all ages can locate information for research papers, science fair projects and book reports. Teachers can find electronic and audiovisual materials. Members of the business community can find resources on companies and business practices, such as accounting or marketing, including publications from the Small Business Administration.

WorldCat can be a particular boon to genealogists; not only does it contain records and locations for census and family history documents, but it also contains records giving library location information on more than 130,000 newspapers published in the United States, ranging from Publick Occurrences (1690) to USA Today.

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