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One Stop Shopping for Information

Library Technology Guides had a great post on the various applications of open content sources.  For instance, being able to do a federated search that retrieves results from the web as well as your collection.  If a student has a general idea of what they would like to research they can simply type in their query and retrieve results that include free e books, articles from journals your library subscribes to and entries from online encyclopedias.  I think this may increase the possibility of “information overload” but thats where reference and instruction librarians come in.  With more and more information so readily available, there is a responsibility for librarians to teach students to recognize relevant and credible information.  The article also has a link to Index Data’s MasterKey search tool which takes advantage of open content.  Try it out!

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