PowerSearch - One search to unite them all
Google has created an expectation that there should be a simple interface that searches everything and what is found should be immediately available. Libraries and database vendors are responding to this demand creating by single consolidated (federated) search of all of a vendor's resources.
An example of one of these consolidated searches is the new Thomson Gale PowerSearch - PowerSearch searches all (or a selected subset) of the Thompson Gale Infotrac databases. The interface is well thought out and is user centered. Breadcrumbs, ability to search within the document, within the journal, linked subject headings, clear identification of source database and multiple output options are but a few features. Give it a try and let us know what you think.