Today, in direct competition with MSN and Yahoo!, Google, Inc. announced that users may create a personalized Google homepage for news, weather, cultural tidbits, and e-mail.
Google Inc. has released, to beta testing, a scholarly literature search platform scientists and academic researchers. Google Scholar, is a collaboration of the Internet information company and scientific and academic publishers and will include access to peer-reviewed papers, books, abstracts and reports.
The goal of Google Scholar is to make high-quality, peer-reviewed literature more easily available to the general public, especially those without access to an academic graduate library.
It’s synchronistic that Google Scholar’s release comes at this time as I had two conversations with academic colleagues this week regarding the quality of literature on the net and difficulty many researchers have in acquiring digital copies of peer-reviewed texts.
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