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MetaLib Just Got Better

October 19, 2011
Regular Biddleblog readers may recall that I wrote about MetaLib on May 11, 2011.   MetaLib, of course, is a federated or meta search engine, which “searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online.”  
In an effort to enhance the functionality of MetaLib, on September 27, 2011, the Government Printing Office added the ability to simultaneously search the Federal Digital System (FDsys), and the broader Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP), within a single search box.   In doing so, users can now search for both official federal government publications in FDsys, and also identify past and current government publications indexed in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).    Journal cite checkers should find this feature invaluable, since the CGP indexes documents published as early as 1976, and it also links to documents available online.
To learn more about MetaLib’s search features, please be sure to check out the MetaLib help page.   Give it a try!