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New look for FirstSearch coming July 14th

On July 14th, the OCLC FirstSearch platform interface will display “an updated, more contemporary look.” The changes are limited to a restyling of the new interface and do not affect functionality, navigation or site structure.

Databases currently hosted on the FirstSearch platform can be accessed via the following PIDs:

ArticleFirst –
GPO monthly catalog: GPO –
OAIster –
PapersFirst –
ProceedingsFirst –
SCIPIO: art and rare books sales/auction catalogs –
WorldCat –
WorldCat dissertations and theses –

Bob Heyer-Gray ( is the Resource Liaison for the OCLC FirstSearch platform.

FirstSearch Community Center:  In addition, OCLC will be releasing the new FirstSearch Community Center.  Per OCLC’s announcement: “We’re excited to announce a new FirstSearch Community Center, an online environment that provides an opportunity for FirstSearch users to connect through discussion boards, collaborate by sharing ideas and resources, and receive news directly from the FirstSearch product team.

Library staff can access the Community Center at using existing credentials for other OCLC Community Centers—such as WorldCat Discovery or WorldShare Interlibrary Loan—to access the new FirstSearch Community Center.

Anyone who does not have credentials can request them by submitting this form ( Within 5 – 7 business days, OCLC will provide an email with instructions for how to update your OCLC Services account password and log in to the FirstSearch Community Center. Please contact OCLC Support ( with questions about credentials for access to the FirstSearch Community Center.”