Meta Searching Databases via AGent What is meta searching? Meta searching allows you to get results from several databases with a single search. It is now possible to search many of our databases accessible via AGent in this way. 1. From the library homepage at www.chaffey.edu/library, click on the link labeled AGent. 2. In the login box, type in your seven-digit Chaffey ID number in the first box, and your birth date in the second box using the format: two numbers for the month, two of the day, and the last two numbers of the year, no spaces or dashes in between the numbers. Then click on the My Account Login button. 3. In the gray area at the top of the page, click on the Search multiple databases link. 4. Place checkmarks in the boxes next to the databases you wish to search. Up to fifteen can be selected at a time. Tip: If you want more information on a database, you can click on the icon and a window will come up with a description of the database. 5. Once one or more databases have been selected, type in search terms in the box at the top of the page. To the right of the Search boxes where the default is labeled All Headings, you can click on the arrow to choose something more specific from the pull-down menu, such as Subject, Title or Author. 6. In the right area of the search pane are search limits such as Publication Year and To full-text articles. 7. Click on the Search button to search. 6. The first ten results for each database will be displayed on the results page. In order to view a document, click on its title. 7. The number of hits in each database searched are listed on the left side of the screen under Resource Summary. Click the number to go to all results in a database. If you need additional assistance, please call (652-6808), email (email@example.com), or come in to the Reference Desk at the Chaffey College Library.
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