Locating scholarly papers of interest online

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Social Media for Academics: A Practical Guide, 2012, pp. 59 - 83
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Discovering the existence of scholarly papers in an online environment has been possible since the middle of the last century and the retrieval of their full text reliably possible only in the last quarter of the century. Since then several public web-based scholarly search engines have become available and directly compete with the older proprietary database search services to aid scholars and researchers. This chapter compares three public services, Google Scholar, Academic Search and Scirus, with two proprietary services, Web of Science and Scopus, in their effectiveness as tools for communicating and raising awareness of scholarship. It examines the three main functions required at different times by scholars - the discovery and retrieval of scholarly literature, the analysis of journals for publishing decisions and citation analysis for mapping collaborative scholarly networks and communities. © 2013 Woodhead Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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