December 2004: Volume 9, Issue 4
by Peigi McKillop
GetRef is a cross–searching tool, developed at EDINA, for finding bibliographic references contained in Abstract and Indexing (A&I) services. GetRef is configured to access numerous resources, and provides access to only those resources that the user is entitled to. This is achieved via an Athens username which links users to the resources automatically; the user does not need to have knowledge of their institutional resources.
GetRef can be accessed by means of a web interface or act as a broker for library portals via a Z39.50 interface (or other appropriate protocol).
The web interface aids resource discovery by displaying the subject terms found in the result set of each resource, which can help determine the relevance of any one resource, particularly if the query consists of a context-dependent term. Once a relevant resource has been found, the results can be examined within the web interface, but users are encouraged to explore the ‘native’ interface for that resource since it will provide functionality suited to the data, especially for in-depth or refined searching.
GetRef has the following features:
For more information or to request an institutional trial of GetRef please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.