A compleate treatise of the muscles... London, 1681. John Browne (1642-ca. 1702) Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine


 



MetaLib FAQ

What is MetaLib?
How is MetaLib different from Google Scholar?
Can I search everything from MetaLib?
What types of resources are available iin MetaLib?
Why can't I search a particular database within MetaLib?
Do I need to log on to MetaLib?
What is the difference between QuickSearch and MetaSearch?
How do I search a single database using its native interface?
How do I create my own QuickSet containing only the resources I use regularly?
 

What is MetaLib?

MetaLib is the search engine powering MEDICOR's portal, providing a single point of access to a wide range of free and licensed electronic information resources. MEDICOR's resources are organized by subject, and MetaLib can be used to metasearch or "cross-search" groups of these resources. This can save you valuable time in the research process, especially if you need a quick overview of a topic. There are also options to personalize MetaLib and create your own set of resources to search. With MetaLib you can:

  • Search up to 8 resources at one time..
  • Automatically merge duplicate records from multiple databases (de-duplication)
  • Create lists of your favorite resources and e-journals.
  • Store your searches for future use and set up e-mail alerts.
  • Link to the native interface of individual resources for more advanced searching.
  • Link to full text and other options
  • Link to authoritative Web sites available on the Internet

How is MetaLib different from Google Scholar?

Google and Google Scholar are general Web search engines and as such find material freely available on the Internet. There is no guarantee that if you search using Google Scholar that you will find full-text, authoritative resources. In contrast, MetaLib presents information resources selected and paid for by our participating libraries because they are known to be accurate and reliable. In many cases, the SFX button within each record will link you to a full text article or connect you to your library's document delivery service.

Can I search everything from MetaLib?

MetaLib is configured to search resources subscribed to by each participating library, as well as providing access to many freely available resources. It is not a general purpose search engine like Google — the results you find through MetaLib are more likely to be of a high quality, and you are more likely to have access to the full text, than you would be if you used only Google.

What types of resources are available iin MetaLib?
Free and licensed databases, e-books and a large number of electronic journals, plus many free websites selected on the basis of their authority and relevance by medical librarians. The journal lists on MetaLib are generated by SFX.

Why can't I search a particular database within MetaLib?

Not all databases can be configured to work with MetaLib's search software. Sometimes all we can do is provide a link to the databases's native search interface or Web address. We anticipate that, as time moves on, more publishers and vendors will develop their products to work with federated search engines such as MetaLib.

Do I need to log on to MetaLib?

If you see a little golden padlock next to a resource then you will be unable to search that resource. This may because you are not logged in to MetaLib, or because of your affiliation, you are not entitled to use that library resource. If you do not see a padlock next to the resource you are interested in, then you are logged in, have Guest access, or the resource is a "link only" and is not searchable using the MetaLib interface. Guest access will allow you to do most things, except look at your personal information using the My Space functionality. If you find that you are being asked for login information when using certain databases or e-journals then please login to MetaLib.

What is the difference between QuickSearch and MetaSearch?

QuickSearch offers an easy search solution for new users. Having selected the relevant subject area, MetaLib metasearches (cross-searches) a list of pre-defined resources in that subject area, and returns a combined set of the most relevant results from all the resources in the Quickset. To see a list of databases searched click on the Quickset name.

MetaSearch offers a more advance method of searching whereby users select the databases they wish to search. They can select specific resources from the Quickset to make their search more accurate or broaden their search to include resources found under specific subject headings. Individual resources can be selected (or deselected) for metasearching by clicking in the box next to the resource name. To see all types of resources under a subject heading click on ALL or General . You may metasearch up to 8 resources at one time. If a resource has no box then it can't be metasearched at this time.

If none of the predefined categories meet your needs, or you would like MetaLib to remember your favorite databases, then it is possible to set up your own Quickset that will appear on the quick search page.

How do I search a single database using its native interface?
Find the database you want to search or the Web site you wish to visit, and then click on the resource name. You will then be connected to the database, Website, e-book or e-journal on the supplier's site.
How do I create my own QuickSet containing only the resources I use regularly?

MetaLib allows authenticated users to create lists of selected databases, assign them a name, and use them in QuickSearch and MetaSearch .

  • Login. Then click on Find Database to find the specific database you want to add to the quick set
  • Click on the plus sign associated with the database:plus sign
  • Go to My Space and then My Databases
  • Create a new empty database set (folder) by clicking on the folder icon and then naming it (example, My Databases)::
  • The databases you want to add to the quickset should be listed on the clipboard (right-hand side)
  • To copy these databases from the clipboard to the selected set on the left, click the arrow symbol: 
  • To search your newly created Quickset go to the QuickSearch page. It is automatically displayed above the other folders. To access it from cross search click on the Cross Search tab. My Databases appears at the top of the lists to search

 

 
 
   
 

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