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Inside Higher Ed [October 15, 2014]


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Abstract: The world of higher learning has grown ever more dependent on the internet’s intricate system of tubes -- with the academic web now serving as publishing platform and archive, and also as a point of access to restricted or proprietary digital collections. In principle, at least, we ought to be able to determine the dimensions of the scholarly web: how many items it contains (papers, dissertations, conference recordings, etc.), in however many formats, and with whatever depth of indexing and degree of retrievability. But actually taking the measurements is another matter. They belong to the epistemic category Donald Rumsfeld so aptly dubbed “the known unknowns.” How about posing a narrower question, then? Just how big is Google Scholar? As with the company’s search-engine algorithms, that information remains a trade secret. But a couple of recent studies have tried to sound the depths of Google Scholar – using GS itself.

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Publication Year:2014
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Inside Higher Ed
Issue:October 15, 2014
Publisher:Inside Higher Ed
Place of Publication:Washington, DC
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Products: Google Scholar
Subject: Discovery Services
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Record Number:20255
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Date Created:2015-01-16 12:59:50