The introduction of google scholar information

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1. The Depth and Breadth of Google Scholar: An Empirical Study………………………………………………………… 1

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Document 1 of 1 The Depth and Breadth of Google Scholar: An Empirical Study Author: Neuhaus, Chris; Neuhaus, Ellen; Asher, Alan; Wrede, Clint Publication info: Portal : Libraries and the Academy 6. 2 (Apr 2006): 127-141. ProQuest document link Abstract: The introduction of Google Scholar in November 2004 was accompanied by fanfare, skepticism, and numerous questions about the scope and coverage of this database. Nearly one year after its inception, many of these questions remain unanswered. This study compares the contents of 47 different databases with that of Google Scholar. Included in this investigation are tests for Google Scholar publication date and publication language bias, as well as a study of upload frequency. Tests show Google Scholar’s current strengths to be coverage of science and medical databases, open access databases, and single publisher databases. Current weaknesses include lack of coverage of social science and humanities databases and an English language bias. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT] Links: Base URL to Journal Linker: Full Text: Headnote abstract: The introduction of Google Scholar in November 2004 was accompanied by fanfare, skepticism, and numerous questions about the scope and coverage of this database. Nearly one year after its inception, many of these questions remain unanswered. This study compares the contents of 47 different databases with that of Google Scholar. Included in this investigation are tests for Google Scholar publication date and publication language bias, as well as a study of upload frequency. Tests show Google Scholar’s current strengths to be coverage of science and medical databases, open access databases, and single publisher databases. Current weaknesses include lack of coverage of social science and humanities databases and an English language bias. Introduction In November 2004, Google officially launched Google Scholar and entered the highstakes world of research databases.1 The hype and hubbub surrounding this event were tremendous but understandable, considering the player involved.2 Google, such a monolithic Internet power, is synonymous in the minds of so many with the Internet. Indeed, one does not find information, one “Googles” it. With this overwhelming name recognition, a large clientele, and a tradition of successful spin- offs such as Froogle and Google Image Search, Google should have little difficulty persuading many to try its new “scholarly paper” search engine. The current simplicity of Google Scholar, that single search box under the large and now so familiar logo, will attract scholars who are discouraged by the complexity and diversity of the many databases at their disposal. As a number of authors have pointed out, Google Scholar will appeal to researchers who already use Google as part of their information-seeking routine.3 Google Scholar’s specific link resolution, developed by Google Scholar and major library vendors, now connects Google Scholar results with the online resources of a researcher’s library.4 Links to library-owned full text should please university researchers and possibly even university librarians. Though only in the beta testing phase of its existence, Google Scholar has attracted significant attention. Whether Google Scholar can maintain a faithful following in the years to come will depend on the ability of this search engine to deliver sufficient quantities of relevant and up-to-date research information. Despite the growing popularity of Google Scholar, very little is known about the nature of its contents. How often is this database updated? Does Google Scholar have particular disciplinary strengths and weaknesses? How does the content of Google Scholar compare with that of other databases? To gain some insight concerning these mysteries, researchers at the University of Northern Iowa performed a series of empirical tests to gauge the relative coverage of scholarly journal articles by Google Scholar and other well-established databases. This study, conducted during the summer of 2005, compared the contents of 47 databases to Google Scholar.

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