The 'F' word: Federated search engines
Federated search engines, or discovery tools, are a popular new technology for library websites. But are they worth the trouble and money? Federated search engines take a lot of maintenance and cost thousands of dollars a year. They were created to search through multiple databases at one time, but they are not always accurate and have many flaws. Oftentimes they leave out valuable sources because they cannot accurately search through all databases the same and give skewed results. For very specialized libraries, such as medical and health science libraries this can be detrimental to the researcher who relies on finding all possible materials on a subject.
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