Answered By: Benjamin Bradley
Last Updated: Oct 06, 2017     Views: 20

A recent WorldCat Discovery update made by OCLC caused unintended changes to how coverage dates are displayed for electronic resources. The new display looks like this:

There are two major changes that are confusing. The first arrow points to a coverage date listing "fulltext@1997". While this may suggest we only have access to this journal for the year 1997, this statement is intended to express that the journal is available starting with the listed year, 1997, up through to the present. If you see a coverage date only one year listed, it is safe to assume that you can access issues of that journal starting with the listed year up through to the present. 

The next arrow points to a coverage date range that includes "P6Y". This code refers to an embargo and should be interpreted as "previous 6 years," so in this example we have access to this journal on that platform starting on July 3, 1880 up to 6 years ago, so 2011.

OCLC is currently working on fixing the coverage dates, and the problem should be resolved soon.


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