Google Scholar Versus Metasearch Systems

Helping Users Discover and Access Remote Information

MetaLib provides users with a coherent and friendly environment for metasearching, and enables them to view retrieved results in a manageable, unified format.

MetaLib’s merged result lists are:

  • De-duplicated
  • Ranked by relevance
  • Grouped into topic clusters
  • Grouped by facets - author, date, journal, or other attributes

From Discovery to Access

Integrated with MetaLib is the Ex Libris SFX® link server, which allows users to complete the discovery process with context-sensitive links to services such as:

  • Obtaining the full text of an article
  • Checking the library catalog for print holdings
  • Placing a document-delivery or interlibrary loan request
  • Finding information about a specific e-journal publisher

Tailored to User’s Interests and Expertise

The MetaLib interface accommodates varying levels of expertise, enabling both novice and expert users to retrieve and manage information with search options that suit their skill level:

  • Simple, keyword search
  • Advanced, fielded search with Boolean operators
  • QuickSearch workflow for novice users
  • MetaSearch workflow for expert users

Additional research support tools let users reflect their individual preferences in the MetaLib interface:

  • Personalized resource lists, organized into searchable sets
  • Saved search result records, searches and alerts
  • Personalized e-journal lists

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