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ERIC Number: EJ786495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-15
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
(Meta)Search like Google
Rochkind, Jonathan
Library Journal, v132 n3 p28-30 Feb 2007
The ability to search and receive results in more than one database through a single interface--or metasearch--is something many users want. Google Scholar--the search engine of specifically scholarly content--and library metasearch products like Ex Libris's MetaLib, Serials Solution's Central Search, WebFeat, and products based on MuseGlobal used by both academic and public libraries--are all a means of providing this functionality. This article discusses the fact that local indexing is the likely future of metasearch in libraries--a metasearch that can be both more powerful and easier to use than what libraries currently employ. Both the Ontario Scholars Portal Project and the Alberta Digital Library are large consortial projects that have the resources to start approaching these solutions at the beginning of an adoption curve. All libraries, however, should consider investigating licensing that will support locally indexed metasearch as soon as possible, so when the time is right to implement local index technology for metasearch, the licensing will be in place or available to support that move.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada