To Google or not to Google

Added by Branwen Hide on 21 July 2008 12:37

For many years researchers relied on specialised search engines such as the Web of Science and Scopus to find relevant journal articles and other research materials.

But this has all changed (for better or worse) with the advent of Google and Google Scholar.   
Work by Meho and Yang (2007 as cited by Meyer and Schroeder 2008)  have shown that Google Scholar is better than the more specialised search engines at finding citations to an author’s work in conference proceedings, self-archived material and articles from low-impact journals and the traditional methods are better at identifying high-impact peer-reviewed journal literature. 
So what does that mean for us researchers?  I think that will depend on the field you are in, but why not give both a try and see what works best for you, and besides we need more reasons to sit in front of a computer! 
Also if you interested to know is Google is better than Yahoo or MSN (now Live Search) check ‘A statistical analysis of the web presences of European life sciences research teams’ by Franz Barjak and Mike Thelwall. 
I?d be interested to know what you think of search engines, do you find them useful, what works best for you? You can make a comment by clicking on the heading above and then using the fill-in form on the table at the bottom of the page.

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