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September 29, 2009
Issue No. 81

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SULAIR Cross Search in Live Beta

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by Grace Baysinger and Stella Ota

As multi-database searching through the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) came to a close in August 2009, SULAIR Cross Search was being unveiled. Developed through the Stanford University Libraries' partnership with Deep Web Technologies, the search engine developer behind LANL's original SciSearch interface as well as Scitopia, WorldWideScience, and Science.gov, SULAIR Cross Search provides Stanford researchers and students with a single search option for multiple online resources.

Screenshot of SULAIR Cross Search home page

SULAIR Cross Search allows users to quickly find relevant items of interest or to identify resources that they may want to explore individually for an in-depth search. Searches may be limited to specific databases or all available sources may be searched simultaneously. Search results are merged and put into one relevancy ranked list, and are analyzed/clustered by topic, author, source publication, publisher, and date in the left margin. The results list may also be sorted by date, author, or title or the results display limited to a specific online resource. Desired results may be printed or emailed as well as exported directly to RefWorks.

Create Your Own Search Cluster and Set up Alerts

Functionality available for users who create a personal profile include "Search Builder", a personal default set of online resources to search, and alerts, a search that is scheduled to regularly re-run and notify the reader of new matches. After creating your own cluster using Search Builder, you will get a URL that can be embedded in other Web pages.

Currently Available Platforms

For the initial launch, 28 article databases and ejournal/ebook platforms are available, including all of the resources offered previously via LANL OPPIE and LANL FlashPoint. (See also OPPIE and FlashPoint No Longer Available After August 31, 2009.) Additional online resources may be added in future. Resources currently available include:

ABI/Inform Global
Academic Search Premier
ACM Guide to Computing Literature
Aerospace & High Technology Database
American Chemical Society Journals
ADS (Astrophysical Data System) Abstracts Service
Annual Reviews
ASFA: Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts
Biosis Previews
CAB Abstracts
COS Funding Opportunities
Current Index to Statistics
Derwent Innovations Index
Dissertations and Theses
Engineering Village
Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management
GeoRef
HighWire Press
IEEE Xplore
INSPEC Knovel
Lexis-Nexis Academic
MathSciNet
PsycINFO
PubMed (1950-)
SCI-TECHnetBASE
Web of Science
Zoological Record

Please send questions, comments, and suggestions to federated-search-feedback@lists.stanford.edu.