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|Title: ||Finding open access articles using Google, Google Scholar, OAIster and OpenDOAR|
|Authors: ||Norris, Michael|
|Keywords: ||Open access|
|Issue Date: ||2008|
|Publisher: ||Emerald Group Publishing Limited (© The authors)|
|Citation: ||NORRIS, M., OPPENHEIM, C. and ROWLAND, F., 2008. Finding open access articles using Google, Google Scholar, OAIster and OpenDOAR. Online Information Review, 32 (6), pp. 709-715|
|Abstract: ||Purpose – The paper seeks to demonstrate the relative effectiveness of a range of
search tools in finding open access (OA) versions of peer reviewed academic articles
on the WWW.
Design/methodology/approach – Some background is given to why and how
academics may make their articles OA and how they may be found by others
searching for them. Google, Google Scholar, OAIster and OpenDOAR were used to
try to locate OA versions of peer reviewed journal articles drawn from three subjects
(ecology, economics, and sociology).
Findings – Of the 2519 articles 967 were found to have OA versions on the WWW.
Google and Google Scholar found 76.84% of them. The results from OpenDOAR and
OAIster were disappointing, but some improvements are noted. Only in economics
could OAIster and OpenDOAR be considered a relative success.
Originality/value - The paper shows the relative effectiveness of the search tools in
these three subjects. The results indicate that those wanting to find OA articles in
these subjects, for the moment at least, should use the general search engines Google
and Google Scholar first rather than OpenDOAR or OAIster.|
|Description: ||This article was published in the journal, Online Information Review [Emerald Group Publishing Limited / © The authors 2008] and the definitive version is available at: www.emeraldinsight.com/1468-4527.htm|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Information Science)|
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