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Title: Finding open access articles using Google, Google Scholar, OAIster and OpenDOAR
Authors: Norris, Michael
Oppenheim, Charles
Rowland, Fytton
Keywords: Open access
Google Scholar
Retrieval performance
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
DOI: 10.1108/14684520810923881
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/4084
ISSN: 1468-4527
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