Google for Non-Idiots

The people at Google are at it again with another useful new tool. They’re currently beta-testing Google Scholar. A search engine that will focus on academic journals, sites, and publications.

Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

Just as with Google Web Search, Google Scholar orders your search results by how relevant they are to your query, so the most useful references should appear at the top of the page. This relevance ranking takes into account the full text of each article as well as the article’s author, the publication in which the article appeared and how often it has been cited in scholarly literature. Google Scholar also automatically analyzes and extracts citations and presents them as separate results, even if the documents they refer to are not online. This means your search results may include citations of older works and seminal articles that appear only in books or other offline publications.

I can see this becoming one of my favorite resources really quickly. I’m sure it’ll get some heavy use by others around SEB as well.

Found via ***Dave from whom I stole the title because I couldn’t think of a better one.

6 thoughts on “Google for Non-Idiots

  1. Wow you mean I might be able to search for ‘boobies’ and get information about birds and not amateur porn?!

    Another hip feature of Google that y’all might not be aware of is Google Questions. They employ researchers and experts to answer any question you can ask them. It will cost ya, but it seems like it could be an awesome bail out if you were in a crunch.

  2. Wow, you’ve no idea just how useful that will actually be. There were hundreds, no thousands of times I would be helping a friend with a CX Case and have to spend hours looking for just a single page because of all the crap that comes up with a normal search engine.

  3. All I can say is sweet! This is going to be a huge help to me for my 3000 word paper on dinosaurs I have to write that is due next Tuesday…  SEB to the rescue! And who said slacking off reading blogs doesn’t help you with your school work?

  4. This really looks good. From time to time I have used a poor man’s version by including the term “site:.edu” in my searches. It looks like this will also pick up the Journals that I haven’t been getting – and more.

    word = find (Honest)

  5. Just a reminder for Michigan residents, the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) http://www.mel.org can be used by any resident of the state by simply logging in with their driver’s license number. MeL has a sizable collection of databases, many of which contain full text articles.

  6. Defenders of dead-tree information storage will not be happy about this.  Expect to see huffy articles about how this will somehow make people dumber and undermine academic research.

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