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Federated searching

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Federated searching products allow simultaneous searching of multiple collections and resources through a single interface.

The software packages often rely on z39.50 connections, XML gateways, SR/W to search for information, then merge, de-duplicate, sort and rank results.

Fans of federated searching point to their timesaving metasearch capabilities, while critics warn that dumbing down the search interfaces can sacrifice quality.

External links[edit]

  • (Meta)search Like Google from Library Journal, 2/15/07
  • ODP category for federated searching
  • LISNews article on federated searching
  • Falling Down the Portal: Adventures in Federated Metasearch Technology at California State University Northridge PowerPoint slides from LITA 2005
  • [ Federated Search at the Intel Library: From Requirements to Implementation

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