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Search without Boundaries Using Simple APIs

Computers in Libraries

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Library, where the author serves as the digital services librarian, is increasingly challenged to make it easier for users to find information from many heterogeneous information sources. Information is scattered throughout different software applications (i.e., library catalog, federated search engine, link resolver, and vendor websites), and each specializes in one thing. How could the library integrate the functionalities of one application with another and provide a single point of entry for users to search across? To improve the user experience, the library launched an effort to integrate the federated search engine into the library's intranet website. The result is a simple search box that leverages the federated search engine's built-in application programming interfaces (APIs). In this article, the author describes how this project demonstrated the power of APIs and their potential to be used by other enterprise search portals inside or outside of the library.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Search without Boundaries Using Simple APIs
Series title:
Computers in Libraries
Volume
29
Issue:
6
Year Published:
2009
Publisher:
Information Today, Inc.
Description:
5 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
26
Last page:
30