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November 7, 2005

CFM: Special Issue of Internet Reference Services Quarterly on Federated Searching

Internet Reference Services Quarterly, a refereed journal published by The Haworth Press Inc., invites proposals for a special issue on federated searching. The issue (12 1/2) will tentatively be published in February 2007.

We hope the issue, which may also be published as a monograph, will cover a wide range of topics pertaining to federated searching or metasearching. For the purposes of this issue, federated searching is defined at a search system with a common interface which enables simultaneous searching of databases or other resources from a variety of vendors. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementations of the various software packages (MetaLib, ENCompass, WebFeat, etc.) at different sized campus or as part of consortia
  • Issues related to implementation or use of the software
  • Interface decisions
  • Comparison to and competition with Google Scholar
  • Metasearch standards
  • Technical services issues (i.e. metadata, etc.) relating to federated searching
  • Information literacy issues related to federated searching
  • Instruction of federated searching to various groups
  • Utilization of federated searching at the Reference Desk
  • Usability studies
  • Assessment of federated searching technologies
  • Studies of how widespread the phenomenon is, etc.

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