RESEARCHit is a federated search solution for researchers that saves time by enabling users to simultaneously search across multiple content resources and view a combined results set. Users are guided towards quality, authoritative resources and away from the “unfiltered” results obtained through the open web. Library staff can simplify searching by configuring databases into category-based groupings for end users, helping them greatly improve the speed and quality of their information discovery.
RESEARCHit is available as a standalone tool or as an integrated module as part of the AGent Software Platform within VERSO or SHAREIt.
RESEARCHit has deployed cutting edge connectivity to conduct searching of all major vendors’ subscription based content through the vendors’ Application Programming Interface (API) or XML gateway. Auto-Graphics is the leading federated search vendor providing this technology to libraries with seamless XML-based access to the content to which vendors subscribe.
Single Login via Multiple Authentication Methodologies and Broad Support of Database Authorization
The fully integrated authentication component uses NCIP or SIP2 to the existing ILS. The product supports remote patron authentication via LDAP, custom application links, or using an integrated user database. It offers customizable authorization options based on the needs of library patrons and staff, including Geolocation (IP address authentication), referring URL, or utilizing user ID and passwords. Once authenticated, users may search all available resources that they are authorized to access – all in a single application environment.
Custom User Categories Administration
Customers now have the ability to create an unlimited number of unique patron or user categories, providing an additional level of authorization and control over access to specific resources. Each user group can have its own tailored set of resources, messages of the day, and designed look and feel. In addition, the replication function allows staff to update and copy settings and configuration information from one group to any number of groups in the system, resulting in streamlined workflow for staff.
Next Generation Web Services Module
Customers now have the ability to integrate federated search into their existing software applications through RESEARCHit’s improved XML-based Web Services module, providing customers with a more streamlined workflow and better access to multiple information silos.
Intelligent Results Management
The product provides robust de-duplication functionality and the ability for libraries to configure how search results are displayed, improving the ability to find relevant information. Customers can elect to help users avoid information overload through intelligent results management that limits the number of search hits per database.
Complete Statistics to Monitor Usage and Assist with Collection Development
Customers have a wealth of knowledge available to them with RESEARCHit, including the ability to track on-site vs. remote access, compare basic vs. advanced searches, identify which databases are being searched and viewed, as well as access detailed information on website traffic and system activity.