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MetaLib from GPO allows searching multiple federal databases


Oct. 18, 2010 –

Use the MetaLib federated search engine from the Government Printing Office to search across multiple government databases simultaneously (currently 53 databases, including reference databases, digital repositories, or subject-based Web gateways) to find reports, articles, and citations.

This tool, a service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP), provides:

  • Simultaneous searching across multiple databases.
  • Search individual databases using the A-Z Resource List.
  • Create your own sets of searchable database collections using the A-Z Resource List.
  • Access and search the "native" interface of these databases from the originating institution/agency.
  • Save configurations and resources to your "E-shelf", a personalized collection manager. The E-shelf is saved based on your browser session and is not permanent.
  • Email and/or save records in various formats

GPO started with a seed list of about 30 resources that were pulled from the List of Classes by database designation in 2004. Some of these resources needed to be split out into separate searchable parts, while other were already available from our vendor, Ex Libris, through their Central Knowledge Base (CKB). GPO also reviewed other resources already available via the CKB and chose to add some found there to the initial resource list, since they were free public Federal Government resources and required minimal work to include. GPO has released MetaLib with 53 seed resources from a variety of Federal agencies.

View a complete list of all current resources that can be accessed in MetaLib.

It is GPO’s intention to continue to expand the service with additional resources on an ongoing basis. The pace will depend on discovery, the type of configuration required, and available resources. Resources are added based on GPO staff recommendations and public suggestions, which are reviewed on a regular basis. The decision to implement a suggestion is based upon system capabilities, the type of configuration required, resources necessary to implement, and compliance with GPO Web guidelines.



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