Search Multimedia and Visualize Topics on!

Federated search portals are a valuable tool that professional patent searchers can utilize as one source for locating non-patent literature (NPL) prior art, especially government-funded scientific data and literature. is an important example of a government-funded federated search portal, which provides access to over 55 databases and 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information through a single query. Back in 2010, image search made a debut on the platform. A recent NewsBreak from Information Today alerted me to the latest changes on the federated search portal, which now has multimedia results automatically included in the hit list, the option to visualize topics from the search results, and a Spanish-language version of the portal.

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Image Search Makes Debut on

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The 5.0 Version of has been updated to include a keyword searchable image database. This development is in its nascent stages, but gives users access to three initial databases. is a U.S. government-run website and search system that queries more than 42 separate databases and over 2000 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results. This treasure trove could be important to you as part of a non-patent prior art search, so stick around and find more about the image searching capabilities of and more!

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