This fall the library introduced a new tool that is called 360 Search (see www.lib.umt.edu/research/360search.htm ) This is software that enables the federated search or “metasearch’ capability that Jennie Burroughs wrote about earlier this month (see Federated Searching in Info Issues). The library’s goal in the implementation of this tool is to provide students and researchers a faster method of searching through the ability of searching several databases at once. We also expect to make better use of the dozens of databases we license through the pre-set clustering of databases around a subject. Each subject area has a cluster of databases selected by the librarians so that a person can request a search be done by category or select among the listed databases. The result list from a search presents the searcher with options for sorting and filters to get to the most appropriate information.
Expect to see further refinement of the clusters of the databases and changes in the web page as we continue to use this new feature. Users are encouraged to provide feedback on the 360 Search page or to contact any of the librarians.