March 1, 2005 by J. Johnson
Answers.com was founded in 1999 by Bob Rosenschein of GuruNet Corporation. It is a free, ad-supported, reference search service, created to provide you with instant answers on over a million topics. As opposed to standard search engines that serve up a list of links for you to follow, Answers.com displays quick, snapshot answers with concise, reliable information. You can read about it in the Wall St. Journal Thurs. Jan. 27, 2005 D1. ( http://www.answers.com)
If you missed the unveiling of Google Scholar, a specialized new search option, read the reviews below. This interface is NOT linked from Google’s main search page. It will allow users to search “scholarly material.” Google has worked with publishers to gain access to some material that wouldn’t ordinarily be accessible to search spiders, because it is locked behind subscription barriers. Material accessible via Google Scholar can also found in the main Google index. The Google Scholar results pages *will not contain advertising* — at least for now. For reviews and comments about this new Google search engine visit the following sites: Google in the Academic Library by Carol Tenopir. Library Journal. 2/1/2005. Available online at http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA498868
Resource Shelf, Thursday, November 18, 2004: Big News: “Google Scholar” is Born By Shirl Kennedy and Gary Price. Available online at http://www.resourceshelf.com/2004/11/wowits-
Jacsó, P. (2004) “Peter’s digital reference shelf: December.” Reference Reviews December. http://www.galegroup.com/free_resources/reference/
peter/dec.htm#googlescholar. This article highlights shortcomings, in particular the lack of information provided about what had been spidered, and the incomplete nature of the
spidering. The review itself fills in some of these information gaps (identifying information providers and item numbers in some cases).
Sullivan, D. (2004) “Google Scholar” Searchenginewatch November 18. http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3437471 Insights and guesses about how it works from this long-time search engine expert.
There is also a mention in Karen Blakeman’s (business info guru) excellent monthly newsletter, Tales from the terminal room, Nov. 2004 issue: http://www.rba.co.uk/tfttr/archives/2004/nov2004.shtml Like others, she highlights some of the alternatives.
There is also a weblog devoted to Google Scholar, maintained by a librarian in the US http://schoogle.blogspot.com/
Scirus, from Elsevier Science, claims to be the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet. “Driven by the latest search engine technology, Scirus searches over 167 million science-specific Web pages.” Search Engine Watch Awards voted Scirus ‘Best Specialty Search Engine’ in 2001 and 2002. Scirus finds peer-reviewed articles such as PDF and PostScript files, which are often invisible to other search engines. Search Engine Watch calls it “an excellent example of a specialty search engine, one that we regularly hear advanced searchers at conferences referencing.” Scirus is continually being enhanced with more scientific sources.
For more about Scirus: Scirus, a new search engine by Gary Price. Search Engine Watch, May 16, 2001 http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/2158831
A review of Scirus is available in the September2001 issue of Science. (Science 14 September 2001; 293(5537): 2024)