As the world's largest bibliographic database. OCLC's WorldCat has unique value in identifying materials for building a high-quality health sciences collection. WorldCat on FirstSearch is a valuable addition to the librarian's collection development toolbox to help compensate for the cessation of the Brandon/Hill lists. The database's large size, powerful keyword search feature, currency, and the ability to highlight important information through its interface all contribute to its usefulness in collection development. Several pilot projects and ongoing research in open access, "work-based" record design hold much promise for increased versatility.
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Recommended Repository Citation
Watwood, Carol. (2006). Better Health Sciences Collections with OCLC’s WorldCat. Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 3 (1), 17-30.
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