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The library wants to make WISE the best that it can be for Westminster College. Please contact the library, or John Garrison directly, for problems you encounter with WISE or improvements or changes you would like to see.
Welcome to WISE! It is the library catalog, and can be used to find books, articles, journals, videos and many of the library's other resources. On this page, you will find information to help you use WISE.
IMPORTANT: WISE is now the ONLY platform for the library's catalog. For the 2012-13 academic year, students, faculty and staff could use either WISE or a link on the library web page, "Online Catalog" to do so. The latter option is no longer available.
What you'll find when you search WISE:
* Not all articles will be retrieved by searching WISE. Please see Resources you CAN'T find on WISE for more information.
WISE "knows" what materials the Westminster College library owns at the title-level (book, journal, video, etc.). WISE has also indexed many publishers' titles in order to provide article-level access for many of our titles. However, WISE is not able to provide access to 100% of each publisher's index. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that WISE does not provide article-level access for all of the library's resources. WISE's article-level access differs from publisher to publisher and is constantly changing as it improves its central index. Here are some rules of thumb for article-level access, by format:
For more information, see Troubleshooting.
WISE contains title-level records for all of the resources that the Westminster College library owns or otherwise has access to. In addition, via a network called WorldCat, WISE also has records from thousands of libraries worldwide. This can be beneficial in discovering a wider scope of resources on a topic, but there are several important factors to keep in mind:
The library's ILL service is integrated into WISE, providing a convenient process for borrowing items that Westminster College does not own or have direct access to. It is recommended that you create an ILL account before you begin your search, but not required. To use ILL in WISE, use the following steps:
"This item isn't held in your library system, but it is held by other WorldCat Libraries. You may request this item from a WorldCat library through interlibrary loan."
WISE is the new library catalog, and contains all title-level materials that Westminster College owns or has access to. However, like any tool, it has strengths and weaknesses, and by using it often you will find how it is best suited for your personal needs. Based on the current capabilities of WISE, here are a few more suggestions about the use of WISE.
WISE is constantly undergoing upgrades, and improving over time. There are different problems you may encounter, and several of them are listed below. Please contact the library to report other problems or questions.
From EBSCO Electronic Journals Service: