January 24, 2022

WorldCat.org Adds Suggested Search Terms Feature

You’ve seem many web search resources offering search suggestions as you enter your query  into the search box. With each letter entered the results can change.

Now, WorldCat.org now also offering this feature with suggestions appearing where you’ve seen them elsewhere, directly below the search box. Click on a suggestion and run the search for the word or phrase.

Alice Sneary on the WorldCat Blog also points out that, “The most-used terms and phrases at the top [of the suggestions].”

She adds, “The new suggested search complements the “Did you mean?” prompt, that happens when you might have used a search term that looks like it might be misspelled.”

If you’re wondering if search suggestions can be toggled on an off, so are we. We’re asking OCLC and will update.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.