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February 22, 2007

Google Scholar has serious failings

Writing about web page http://www.uksg.org/presentations8/jacso2.ppt%232

The presentation that I’m linking to was delivered at last year’s UK Serials Group conference here at Warwick. I didn’t attend as I was seconded to the Careers Service at the time, but I have heard about it from a colleague who did attend. I’ve tried a couple of the examples out on Google Scholar today and there are still inconsistencies. However, it is in Beta, so Google have a good excuse for the performance of Google Scholar.

The performance itself is not a concern. It is the emerging acceptance and reliance upon it by the academic community that is a concern, given the lack of rigorousness or openness about how Google Scholar works.


February 20, 2007

How good is Google Scholar?

Writing about web page http://www.istl.org/07-winter/refereed.html

See the linked journal article describing how Google Scholar has been tested to see whether it can find accessible copies of key ecology journal articles. Interesting conclusion that libraries should decide how to support the use of Google Scholar, rather than focussing on getting library users to use subscription services.


February 05, 2007

Make Google Scholar search Warwick's collection: print & online!

Writing about web page http://scholar.google.com

Thanks to those who commented on my last blog posting. You suggested that we make Google Scholar work with us… here’s how you can do that…

Below are some instructions as e-mailed to me by our electronic resources librarian. I think it has great potential, but I find it a little frustrating that once set up, when I do a search on Google Scholar there are precious few “Get This in Print” links in the results, and often they come up with no results either!

However, it is much better than nothing as a way of reaching the resources that the library has bought on behalf of its staff and students. Also, I find the “Library Search” link comes up quite often and that is good at linking through to our catalogue.

Go to Google Scholar ( http://scholar.google.com )
Click on “Scholar Preferences”
in “Library Links” box, type Warwick & click “Find Library”.
Tick the box against “University of Warwick Library (Warwick access)“
Save Preferences

Go & do a Google Scholar search  
Where ” Get This in Print at ” appears it means you can pass the link into WebBridge.
 
What’s the advantage ?
1.The WebBridge link lets you to authenticate with your Barcode & Pin. If you just click on the Google direct link, off campus users will find themselves locked out from fulltext
2. WebBridge will check the Google record against our holdings & only offer the link if we have access.
3. WebBridge (if it gets sufficient data) will offer to look the reference up in our web catalogue so can display print copies. 
 
Google only trawls our files once a week to pick up changes.


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