Microsoft has rolled out Windows Live Academic Search, a targeted search service focused connecting students and researchers with peer-reviewed scholarly information.
Although available to anyone, Windows Live Academic Search is designed to help students, researchers and university faculty conduct research using academic and scholarly journals. Although search results are free, users must either have a subscription to a journal or pay on a per-article basis to access the full text of journal articles appearing in search results.
Unlike Google Scholar, which crawls the web for academic content, Windows Live Academic Search works closely with publishers and uses structured feeds to build its index. As such, all content accessed through the service comes directly from a trusted source—namely, the publisher of a scholarly journal.
The new service addresses two needs of the academic community that have traditionally been under-served, according to Danielle Tiedt, general manager of Windows Live Premium Search. Academic users want tools to help them fine tune search results, and are interested in getting more information on a search result before clicking off to specific article.
- Gary Price, Microsoft Launches Academic Search Beta, ResourceShelf, April 12, 2006
- Dean Giustini, “Academic Search" and Librarians in the new information economy, UBC Google Scholar Blog.Folio, April 11, 2006.
- Scott Carlson, Challenging Google, Microsoft Unveils a Search Tool for Online Scholarly Articles, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 12, 2006 (accessible only to subscribers) [Open Access News 有摘要]
- CrossRef and Microsoft Academic Search
- Library Stuff – Microsoft Academic Search Review
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