Google Scholar Beta

Dana just pointed me to a new Google endeavor that is currently in beta, Google Scholar:

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.

Good-bye library databases (except for the ones you have to pay for)! Well, and it’s been good-bye library to a certain extent for a while now… every college student that I ask about their info searching habits tell me that they go to Google first – though most do recognize that you can’t write an academic paper based solely on web references. It’s interesting though… Google is an authority in searching, and I imagine that authority will transfer over to this academic search engine. Perhaps this will give some students the justification they need to only use Google and not bother with LexisNexis, JStor, and what have you.

A semi-related question that David, Ulises and I were talking about the other night – are people still looking to having trusted names fed to them? With blogs, often you judge a new source on the content, not on whether you know the name. This works sometimes with web searches as well, depending I think on the context and purpose of the search. My train of thought has just derailed… but anyway… the main point was that I’m curious as to whether or not people’s criteria for choosing sources of information are changing in light of things like the multiplicity of voices and information that blogs offer.


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