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An exploratory study of Google Scholar

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Mayr, Philipp; Walter, Anne-Kathrin

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Abstract The purpose of this paper is to discuss the new scientific search service Google Scholar (GS). It aims to discuss this search engine, which is intended exclusively for searching scholarly documents, and then empirically test its most important functionality. The focus is on an exploratory study which investigates the coverage of scientific serials in GS. The study is based on queries against different journal lists: international scientific journals from Thomson Scientific (SCI, SSCI, AH), open access journals from the DOAJ list and journals from the German social sciences literature database SOLIS as well as the analysis of result data from GS. All data gathering took place in August 2006. The study shows deficiencies in the coverage and up-to-dateness of the GS index. Furthermore, the study points out which web servers are the most important data providers for this search service and which information sources are highly represented. The paper can show that there is a relatively large gap in Google Scholar’s coverage of German literature as well as weaknesses in the accessibility of Open Access content. Major commercial academic publishers are currently the main data providers. (author's abstract)
Keywords Internet; search engine; data bank; literature documentation; research documentation; information retrieval; technical literature; periodical; electronic publishing; quality
Classification Information and Documentation, Libraries, Archives; Interactive, electronic Media
Free Keywords Google Scholar; Digitale Bibliothek
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 814-830
Journal Online Information Review, 31 (2007) 6
ISSN 1468-4527
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.