This blog was set up (January 2006) with purpose to make critical assessment of the multidisciplinary citation databases Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar. The assessment is done according to a Swedish BIBSAM project with the project title: “Analys av Google Scholar och Scopus i jämförelse med Web of Science”. Title in English: “Analysis of Google Scholar and Scopus compared with Web of Science”.

The use of a blog publishing software is a method to document the assessments within the project and the way we try to get input from readers through blog commentaires. The main purpose of the blog is not to be a working dairy of the project or a news announcements blog, but more of a documentation blog. The blog contains not only blog entries, but also documentation pages linked to in the sidebar:

  • FAQ – Google Scholar
  • FAQ – Scopus
  • FAQ – Web of Science
  • References to literature
  • The documentation material will be used as a knowledge base for making more well-founded acquisition decisions within the Swedish library community concerning the fee databases Scopus and Web of Science, but also decisions concerning complement or single use of the free search engine Google Scholar.

    The project manager is Lars Iselid, Medical library, Umeå University library, Sweden. The blog posts and the documentation webpages will be updated in January, February, March, June and August. The project ends on August 30th.

    The project manager also has an advisory board of five Swedish research librarians to consult and cooperate with. The members of the reference group are: Linda Lindström, Chalmers Library in Gothenburg, Peter Nilén, Malmö University library, Wilhelm Widmark, Stockholm University library and Anna Orre-Remaker, Karlstad University library.

    All questions and communication should be sent to: lars.iselid (at-sign) ub.umu.se.

    Disclaimer: This blog, as a documentation of a project, will not recommend which databases to use or acquire. It’s up to the reader perhaps based on the information we present here.

    Mentions

    Tom Roper’s weblog

    Medinfo weblog

    IB Weblog

    Informationsportalen.dk

    Resourceshelf.com

    Also check a search on Google blog search.

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