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TCC login required. Search the TCC Library Catalog, CQResearcher, Gale Virtual Reference, Opposing Viewpoints, and Academic Search Complete in one QuickSearch.

You can Quick Search | Find a Database | Find an e-Journal.
You can create and search personal favorites using by My Space and MetaSearch.

Why do I have to use my TCC login to use MetaLinc? Similar to our proxy service, login to MetaLinc verifies you are an authorized user in accordance with licensing agreements.

What is MetaLinc®?
MetaLinc is an information portal to library collections. It enables institutions to provide their patrons with access to information resources such as catalogs, reference databases, citation databases, subject gateways, and e-journals. MetaLinc offers MetaSearch™ capabilities across diverse resources- be they print or electronic, on-site or remote- and offers library patrons a variety of personalized services.

What is MetaSearch™?
The MetaSearch technology enables users to conduct federated searching- also known as simultaneous searching, cross-database searching, parallel searching, broadcast searching, and integrated searching. In this type of search process, a user submits a query to numerous information resources. They can be heterogeneous in many respects- for example, their location, the format of the information that they offer, the technologies on which they draw, and the types of materials that they contain. The user's query is broadcast to each resource, and results are returned to the user.

What personalization options does MetaLinc offer? MetaLinc provides a number of personalization features. For example, users can

  • Create and save a personal list of relevant resources
  • Save queries for later sessions
  • Catalog findings in a personal "e-Shelf," along with the records' links. The links, including the SFX services, can be invoked at a later time.
  • Define "alerts"- queries that run automatically according to a user-defined schedule and notify the user about new findings

How can a user save records that are found by searching with MetaLinc? Users have three options for saving records. They can

  • Save records to disk in any of various formats (including ISI® citation formats- EndNote®, ProCite®, and Reference Manager®)
  • Send records by e-mail
  • Catalog records in a personal "e-Shelf" for future use. The e-Shelf maintains the record's links, which can be invoked at a later time.

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