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Stand on the shoulders of giants

Google have just launched a new search engine for academic papers. It allows one to search books and academic papers for terms, and uses a PageRank-style ranking algorithm which takes citations from scientific literature into account. Which looks pretty nifty.

There are 4 comments on "Stand on the shoulders of giants":

Posted by: gjw http://the-fix.org Wed Nov 24 02:15:16 2004

This is brilliant...so much quicker and easier than logging into Biological Abstracts or Current Contents.

Posted by: dj http://deej.bah.id.au Thu Nov 25 01:42:51 2004

At the moment, it is probably a good initial starting point, as there are reports of it not producing the number or quality of results that are found using the more traditional databases. It would also be frustrating when you keep selecting resources that your institution doesn't hold a subscription to.

There are still a lot of academics and students that write very poor search queries, which is something this won't address. It's amazing how many people don't find stuff that is held in our own Library and request it via interlibrary loan.

Posted by: gjw http://the-fix.org Thu Nov 25 02:37:44 2004

"It would also be frustrating when you keep selecting resources that your institution doesn't hold a subscription to."

Believe me, dj, at Adelaide Uni you get that problem no matter what database you use :)

Posted by: dj http://deej.bah.id.au Thu Nov 25 05:00:43 2004

Yes, true. This is why there is a big drive to create more databases that indicate which items are held or subscribed to. On the other hand, in some fields, free-access is becoming more and more common, which will be interesting to watch.