This is a summary of the findings of the project One Entry to Research which started 1 Jan 2006 and ends 31 Aug 2006. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the multidisciplinary Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar.

The summary of these findings will be presented at a workshop arranged by BIBSAM called Seminarium: Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar held at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm 31 Aug 2006.

Do not use Google Scholar exclusively, which has lots of flaws for both citation and subject search.
Read blog entries: Author search problems in Google Scholar
Inconsistencies and flaws in Google Scholar
Citation search implications in Google Scholar
More on implications with citation counting in Google Scholar

If you want to find more cited references concerning research from 1996 and present we have to consider Scopus (and Google Scholar even pre-1996) beside of Web of Science. Google Scholar has often unique citations in comparision with Scopus and Web of Science.
Read blog entries: Research on citation search in Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar
Citation frequency in Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar

GS weaknesses in subject coverage are social science and humanities databases and strenghts science and medical databases, open access databases, and single publisher databases.
Read blog entry: Research on subject coverage in Google Scholar

It’s not recommendable to use Web of Science, Scopus or Google Scholar when doing exhausitve, specific searches when all possible important records of current science have to be found. In Google Scholar there exist no subject words or thesauri att all. Searching with option Related articles seems to make subject searches a bit easier. Web of Science have no thesauri integrated, and their Key word plus with incontrolled terms doesn’t satisfy that lack in subject search. Scopus integrate some thesauri but it’s not properly integrated at all.

Read blog entries: Testing Subject coverage in Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar and

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