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Find: Federated Search From The National Library of New Zealand

January 20, 2010

Towards the middle of last year the National Library of New Zealand beta launched a new service simply called Find.  

Find is a federated search site, which means that within a single search engine you can search directly through multiple online databases. They can be really powerful, and really clunky. From my explorations of Find, it is proving to be quite powerful, and quite quick depending on what you search across.

There are two tabs, one for core sources, and one for extended sources. All the core sources are house on the same servers, so searching across those is quick and simply. The extended sources include a number of databases not housed within the National Library, so searching those can chew up time.

National Library services currently included:

National Library Catalogue



Publications NZ

Index NZ

Te Puna Web Directory

National collaborative services currently included:



These services are searchable under the ‘Extended Sources’ tab:

Papers Past

Manuscripts and Pictorial

New Zealand Libraries’ Catalogue



Te Ao Hou

Proceedings of Royal Society of NZ

Kiwi Research Information Service

Digital NZ



From → New Books

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