[LibX] More WorldCat - forcing location in link

Godmar Back godmar at gmail.com
Thu May 22 09:51:52 PDT 2008

You're right, it does seem like a question for OCLC.  Brief perusal of
the search forms they offer does not reveal that what you're trying to
do is supported.  There's a good chance that it isn't, because
otherwise, why would anybody buy Worldcat Local if they can extract
(almost) the same functionality for free.

Could you sign up at
and see what HTML Worldcat creates for your "custom search box"?
Maybe that box allows you to direct to a particular catalog.

 -- Godmar

On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 10:21 AM,  <A.Rust at neu.edu> wrote:
> Hello, all.  Following this email discussion, I can note that we'd also
> appreciate the additional, explicit WorldCat support.  We're also running
> into another question I thought I'd throw out here.
>  We're trying to find a way to "force" a location in WorldCat searches,
> either through creating an affiliate account or somehow adding a
> "loc=zipcode" to our initial search string.  (We started with contacting
> OCLC support about this because it seems more an WorldCat linking question
> rather than LibX bookmarklet question, but perhaps someone here has an easy
> answer.)  Here's the backstory:
> We've taken the following format from the excellent LibX edition builder:
> http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=%Y+ti%3A%t+au%3A%a+kw%3A%i&qt=advanced
> For an example query built via that format, try:
> http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=margaret%20atwood+ti%3A+au%3A+kw%3A&qt=advanced
> This provides a wonderful list of results, but once I enter the individual
> record screen, WorldCat uses my IP address to determine which libraries are
> closest.  As it should.  Unfortunately our library's outgoing IP servers
> seem to be 20 miles to the north of us.  So I've been hoping that there's
> some way to stick a location onto the search string.  I know that, for
> individual titles, the following works:
> http://worldcat.org/isbn/006073132X&loc=90101
> So I've tried sticking &loc=02115 at the end of the query string.  No luck,
> although perhaps I'm not using the correct syntax.  Has anyone else run into
> this problem?  And perhaps a solution?  Again, to clarify: we're not having
> problems setting up the Open WorldCat search, just in adding a specific
> location to the WorldCat search.  I tried looking through the published LibX
> editions, but didn't see much that looked applicable.  Hopefully I missed
> something.
> It's also entirely possible that I'm asking ignorant questions -- I'm
> entirely new to the world of LibX and bookmarklets.
> Thanks in advance,
> Amanda
> -------------------------------------------
> Amanda Rust
> Research & Instruction Librarian
> 270 Snell Library
> Northeastern University
> 360 Huntington Avenue
> Boston, MA  02115
> Voice: 617-373-8548
> Fax: 617-373-2195
> a.rust at neu.edu
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> From: "Godmar Back" <godmar at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [LibX] Does the WorldCat search support multiple search
>                 fields?
> To: "Leonard, Kirsten A." <kaleonar at iuk.edu>
> Cc: "libx at mozdev.org" <libx at mozdev.org>
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> - In FF 3.0b5, multiple search fields are completely broken. This is
> due to a bug in Firefox we're working on addressing.
> - Prior to FF 3.0b5: if the search fields are of different type - say
> search field 1 is Keyword and search field 2 is Title, it will search
> both terms with their respective types. If the search fields are of
> the same type, only the first one will be used. I assume that's what
> you're seeing.
> We've been toying off and on with the idea of providing explicit
> support for Worldcat as a special catalog type, rather than using the
> Bookmarklet. This may be the time to do it. Or, I'm thinking out loud
> here, we could just collect all same-typed search terms from all
> fields and place them space-separated in the corresponding field. Yes,
> let's do that for now.
> Could somebody add a note to libx.org/bugzilla so we don't forget.
> - Godmar
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