BETHESDA, Maryland, USA (20 June 2005) -- MultiSearch, newly released by CSA, is a federated searching solution that provides integrated access to more than 2,000 electronic information resources. Developed in conjunction with MuseGlobal and powered by CSA Illumina, MultiSearch is quickly and easily implemented by the library, providing an easily accessed, easily searched tool for the end-user.
MultiSearch features multiple interfaces for different levels of users and allows searching across multiple information resources, regardless of the host source/platform. The service then delivers organized, integrated, contextually relevant results that are easily analyzed by the researcher. Users can also easily link from the MultiSearch results to the host source/platform.
MultiSearch automatically accommodates a wide variety of database platforms and provides features for easy institutional implementation which is quickly and easily accomplished within the library without the need to involve technical or systems staff. The service requires no server- or machine-based installation. The MultiSearch system resides on multiple CSA Illumina servers with mirror sites around the world to ensure uninterrupted, efficient access to the service. Moreover, MultiSearch is easily sustainable and backed by CSA's award-winning customer service and technical support.
"When we introduced the CSA Illumina platform, many librarians said that they wished that the interface was available for all their databases," said Matt Dunie, president of CSA. "MultiSearch now makes this possible. Users can access MultiSearch, do a single search across a library's database holdings, and get a unified set of results. All with minimal set-up and maintenance required by the institution. Best of all, the service is literally set up and available in weeks instead of months."
Other benefits of MultiSearch include:
- Unified access to more than 2,000 content sources
- Full-text linking using any OpenURL resolver
- Simultaneous searching across all sources
- Integrated results which are easy to view and use
- Single-sign-on authentication & authorization
- Direct links to the host source/platform for further searching, viewing, and browsing
- Quick implementation featuring streamlined source setup
- A powerful, flexible search interface
- A low cost/low risk solution for system integration
- A powerful solution for setting up subject-specific search tools
CSA makes trial access to MultiSearch available to interested institutions. For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSA developed MultiSearch in partnership with MuseGlobal. Founded in 1997, MuseGlobal is dedicated to organizing metasearch technology, creating software designed to seamlessly and tightly integrate into other environments.
CSA is a worldwide information company, serving as a guide to researchers to help them be more effective in their work by enabling and expediting discovery, aiding the management and organization of quality information and providing tools to assist in its subsequent dissemination. CSA specializes in publishing and distributing in print and electronically 100 bibliographic and full-text databases and journals in four primary editorial areas: natural sciences, social sciences, arts & humanities, and technology. A privately held company, CSA is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices throughout the U.S., and in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe and the United Kingdom. Researchers in more than 4,000 institutions worldwide use CSA information resources, and CSA's print journals are used in more than 80 countries. CSA has been a leader in publishing and providing quality abstracts and indexes and an innovator in the information field for over 30 years.