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WorldCat is a union catalogue which lists 1.5 billion holdings from more than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries. The database is built and maintained by a global cooperative of participating libraries and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). In 2009, OAIster http://www.oaister.org/ - a project of the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service - was merged with WorldCat. While still a union catalogue of millions of records and archival resources, OAIster was built by harvesting digital collections using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). With considerable biomedical and scientific content, OAIster was a rich source of grey literature. Its inclusion into WorldCat has benefitted researchers and scholars from around the world as this content provides access to digital resources, and scholarly content in several subject areas. The content is also a good complement to Google scholar). In 2011-2012, WorldCat started to provide access to social networking and personalization tools to make the search-and-discovery experience in WorldCat more informative and appealing.
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