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LexisNexis Academic Investigating Metasearch

For those academic librarians, like myself, who thought that LexisNexis Academic would never be metasearchable, I share the good news that they do have an XML gateway in production.

According to an email received by a UW-Madison Library staff member from a product manager at LexisNexis Academic: "We are at different stages of implementation with several federated search vendors. We are working with Ex Libris but have not begun the configuration and testing process with them yet."

Metasearching is hot on college campuses. Being able to combine multiple databases from different vendors with one Google-esque search box certainly does have its appeal. For law students, however, this was never terribly attractive since few legal databases were metasearchable - until now.