one-stop searching

Are you frustrated with having to search database after database after database . . . you know the routine . . . for scholarly information for your research projects? Wouldn’t it be great if one place searched for (almost) everything – books, articles, and web sites??

Well, we’re interested in trying this concept out, too. This concept, by the way, is called federated searching, and there are lots of different federated searching databases to try. We currently have a trial to this one, 360Search. It includes many of our most popular databases, including Academic Search Elite and JSTOR, as well as many others, such as WorldCat and LexisNexis, as well as a few freely available web sites, such as the Library of Congress’s American Memory.

With 360Search, you can select whatever combination of listed databases and web sites to search that you’d like. You can even search all of them at the same time, if you’d like. Plus, you can search individual subject areas, such as English Literature.

We’d love to know what you think of this federated searching idea in general, and we’d also love to know what you think of 360Search after you’ve used it.  Please send your thoughts to libref@moravian.edu and/or fill out this brief form. We really want to know what you think.

Happy searching!

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