Google Scholar, Windows Live Academic Search and Beyond: A Study of New Tools and Changing Habits in ARL Libraries

by Drewry, Josiah M.

Abstract (Summary)
Google Scholar and Windows Live Academic Search (WLAS) are examples of “blended” databases, a controversial new class of tools which provide free, speedy access to academic content as well as citation analysis capabilities, linkage to individual library holdings and other services. Though researchers have published dozens of theoretical and empirical studies involving these tools, none have yet described how they are actually being used in a variety of academic settings. The author sent questionnaires to 540 librarians at 108 ARL libraries to learn how they deployed Google Scholar and WLAS in reference transactions and instruction sessions. Participants were also asked speak about the ways that non-traditional databases are affecting research in academic libraries. The author finds that, while these tools provoked mixed reactions among librarians, their popularity and usefulness—especially that of Google Scholar—are forcing librarians to acknowledge the possible arrival of a new paradigm in academic research.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Lisa Norberg

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:electronic information resources databases academic libraries reference services use studies literacy study and teaching


Date of Publication:07/10/2007

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