The One-Box Challenge: Providing a Federated Search That Benefits the Research Process

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
John Boyd, Associate Professor, Info Literacy Librarian (Creator)
Allan G. Scherlen, Professor and Social Sciences Librarian (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The one-box federated search of databases brings as many challenges as promises to database searching, especially in terms of adapting these systems to user needs and the effects this new mode of searching will have on users' research behaviors. This issue of “The Balance Point” presents several librarians with strong interests in reference and instruction, who tell the story of adapting a federated search system for their libraries and reflect upon how federated searching can change the way students do research and on the implications federated searching has on information literacy skills and the quality of results found.

Additional Information

Scherlen, Allan (Balance Point column editor) John Boyd,, Penny Pugh, Marian Hampton, Pat Morrison, Frank Cervone, “The One-Box Challenge: Providing a Federated Search that Benefits the Research Process” Serials Review. 32:4 (Dec. 2006) 247-254. Copy of record available from Elsevier ScienceDirect: doi:10.1016/j.serrev.2006.08.005
Language: English
Date: 2006
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