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4/12/2006

Windows Academic Live

In the never ending quest for trusted search tools, Microsoft has recently unveiled it's Window's Academic Live. (in Beta)
"Academic search enables you to search for peer reviewed journal articles contained in journal publisher portals and on the web in locations like Citeseer.

Academic search works with libraries and institutions to search and provide access to subscription content for their members. Access restricted resources include subscription services or premium peer-reviewed journals. You may be able to access restricted content through your library or institution."

Although I think it's neat that the search tool scours journal publisher portals for articles that they published for free, what really intrigues me is the second part...

Could Academic Live be used as a replacement one day for our federated OneSearch tool? Hmmm... I really need to look into this more.

Anyway, check out the For Librarians page and if anyone on the PLCMC staff is interested in looking into this more and figuring out if there is anyway this new development could benefit us, please contact me.

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1 comment:

Frank @ ML said...

Microsoft playing catch-up to Google, again...see http://scholar.google.com

But neither of these will replace a tool that consolidates searching of subscription periodical databases until academic publishing (at least!) goes open-source. Until then, all of the important resources will be citation-only (with an option to pay for a full-text article).

Both the Google product and the Microsoft product tend to concentrate on the academic market (for whom citation searches are important!) but are not necessarily what a high school student needs for, say, a debate on capital punishment in speech class tomorrow...