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CSA Launches Multisearch

:: As reported by Paula Hane at InfoToday, CSA has launched its new federated search program, MultiSearch:

July 5, 2005 — In a move that illustrates the growing library demand for federated search solutions, CSA (http://www.csa.com) has partnered with MuseGlobal (http://www.museglobal.com) to launch MultiSearch. The new federated search capability operates within the CSA Illumina framework and provides connectors for more than 2,000 target sources. Targets may be Web servers, Z39.50 servers, XML gateways, SQL, or other information sources. Federated searching solves the problems of multiple interfaces, many different search engines, multiple databases, and multiple search results. CSA MultiSearch provides a unified framework for accessing multiple resources.

CSA MultiSearch provides single sign-on for authenticated access to sources, hiding the complexity of searching multiple repositories. MultiSearch, which uses the CSA Illumina interface, offers a Google-like search box. A pull-down menu lets users select databases by subject. The service provides organized, integrated results. The merged results set presents the top citations from each database searched (the default is 10 from each, but this can be customized). Users can request additional results and can choose to “remove duplicates” and examine or hide the set of duplicates as desired. The service then provides full-text linking to results using any OpenURL resolver. MultiSearch provides direct links to the native source for further searching, viewing, and browsing.