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|Title:||Improving the search experience: federated search and the library gateway|
|Author(s):||Jerry V. Caswell, (University of Northern Iowa Library, Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA), John D. Wynstra, (University of Northern Iowa Library, Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA)|
|Citation:||Jerry V. Caswell, John D. Wynstra, (2010) "Improving the search experience: federated search and the library gateway", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 28 Iss: 3, pp.391 - 401|
|Keywords:||Information searches, Libraries, Search engines, User interfaces|
|Article type:||General review|
|DOI:||10.1108/07378831011076648 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The aim of this paper is to review the evolving nature of the library web site with a focus on improving the usability of the access points to licensed and unlicensed research databases.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper describes the milestones in the development of a library gateway and the incorporation of federated search into a prominent place in the gateway.
Findings – Technological developments present new opportunities to extend the functionality of library systems. Achieving simplicity among the complex array of bibliographic and full text resources is critical.
Originality/value – The efforts made by the library in the development of a gateway and incorporating metasearching and other tools into it have resulted in greater control over the way resources are presented to the user community.
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