Frank Cervone, Assistant University Librarian, Northwestern University
Our users don’t know what DB the results came from, journal title is important…they just want the info.
What can you link to:
What is federated searching?
“Squishy at this point”
Metasearch: searches that use metadata to make decisions
Megasearch: Dogpile, AlltheWeb, etc.
Can be combined into a superset of federated searching
Why is this so complicated? Not all protocols are supported by vendors: Z39.50
Tips for implementation:
Gather provider info
Gather holdings info
Input the two (lightweight cataloging of the resources)
Configure the connection information