Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Microsoft reveals answer to Google Scholar

CNET "Microsoft has released an English-language beta version of Windows Live Academic Search, a service for searching academic journals.
The release is available in Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States, and is positioned as an alternative to Google Scholar or SciFinder Scholar.
Academic Search indexes library-subscribed content and supports OpenURL, the library standard currently used for linking to subscription-based content. In order for Academic Search to work, libraries or research facilities must provide Microsoft with information on their OpenURL link resolver, a vendor that creates and manages the customized links to content. Academic search can then provide the researcher with direct access links to the full text materials, based on their institutions' subscriptions.
The expected sorting and citation-compiling features common to academic-journal searching are included. Researchers can control the amount of immediate information that comes up in search results in a variety of ways. Search results link directly to full articles from the publisher, if the user is researching from an institution that subscribes to that publishers' content. "

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