November 18, 2004

References Reversed

by Andrew Stern · , 12:20 pm

Wow, this is great! Google has released a beta of Google Scholar, which offers search on topics, authors, etc. and returns links and beaucoup info on academic papers. Ooh, this is going to enable us to so easily dig up all kinds of papers that we didn’t know about yet. I feel like I just got a major scholarly power up.

Here’s their heuristic for ranking links:

Just as with Google Web Search, Google Scholar orders your search results by how relevant they are to your query, so the most useful references should appear at the top of the page. This relevance ranking takes into account the full text of each article as well as the article’s author, the publication in which the article appeared and how often it has been cited in scholarly literature. Google Scholar also automatically analyzes and extracts citations and presents them as separate results, even if the documents they refer to are not online. This means your search results may include citations of older works and seminal articles that appear only in books or other offline publications.

Thanks to Ludology.org for the link, who got it from T.L. Taylor of Terra Nova.

Now, off to ego surf the Ivory Tower. (Hey, when are they going to include scholary blogs in the search results? It could be a feature you could turn on or off, kind of like dirty pictures in Google Images.)