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WorldCat Discovery release notes, November 2022


Release Date: November 18, 2022


The following release notes are for the NOVEMBER 18, 2022 release of WorldCat Discovery.

WorldCat Discovery November Release Highlights 

This release of WorldCat Discovery includes the following enhancements:

  • View article retractions with active Libkey subscription

This change is a direct result of your feedback.

New features and enhancements

View article retractions with active Libkey subscription

With the November release, users of libraries with an active BrowZine subscription will see a retraction indicator from LibKey. This new functionality allows users to stay better informed about the credibility of an article during their research process. 

When an institution has configured to use both Libkey (Browzine) AND links from DOI, the UI will prioritize links from Libkey over Unpaywall. The user will no longer see both link options to the same content.

To leverage this functionality, libraries with a BrowZine subscription should ensure the correct configurations to surface this feature. 

  • First, ensure BrowZine is configured to display by toggling on “Display in WorldCat Discovery” in Service Configuration > Third-Party Integrations > BrowZine.
  • Second, “Links from DOI” should be selected in Service Configuration > WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat Local > Full Text and Open Access Links.

The retraction notice will surface whether a library has “Display first primary link only” or “Display all primary links” selected in service configuration under Full Text and Open Access Links.  

For libraries that have the first primary link set to display, the retraction indicator will appear on search results as follows, with the “retracted article” notice and a “retracted article” label for the access online button.
Screenshot of retraction indicator when a library has the first primary link set to display.

For libraries with all primary links set to display, selecting the “Retracted article” button for an item with multiple e-links will pull out a drawer where the retracted article is labelled.

Screenshot of retraction indicator for libraries with all primary links set to display.

Screenshot of links drawer with retraction indicator.

Bug fixes

Place a Level 1 hold without receiving an error message

Previously, some searches in WorldCat Discovery resulted in an error message when attempting to place a Level 1 hold on an item in the results list. With the November release, this has been resolved.


New Content

The OCLC cooperative is pleased to announce the release of one new database to the OCLC central index. As a reminder, the central index provides content for WorldCat Discovery and
You can enable these databases as search options in the Licensed Content and Databases module of the OCLC Service Configuration site. Please remember that your library must have a valid subscription to these databases in order to enable them.
Please find below and in the attached document the database names and providers for reference. Documentation of the complete list of databases is available here.

Available in WorldCat Discovery and

From Alexander Street

  • Academic Video Online: contains video titles spanning wide subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.

Important links

Product Website

More product information can be found here.

Support website(s)

Support information for this product and related products can be found at:

Include Request ID with problem reports

When reporting an issue with WorldCat Discovery, it is extremely helpful to include the Request ID. The Request ID is found at the bottom of the screen on which the issue occurred. Including this information allows us to directly trace what happened on the request we are troubleshooting. 

Screenshot of WorldCat Discovery footer displaying the unique Request ID libraries should send with any problem reports.

If you have additional questions, please contact OCLC Customer by calling 1-800-848-5800 or 1-614-793-8682 Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 9p.m. ET, or email For support enquiries in the UK and Ireland, please contact the Support Desk by calling +44-(0)114-281 60 42 or e-mailing Support is available between the hours of 09:00 and 17:30 (UK Time).