Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Dan Cohen - Digital Humanities Blog - The Single Box Humanities Search

Dan Cohen - Digital Humanities Blog - The Single Box Humanities Search: "The Single Box Humanities Search
Posted to Google and the World of Search on 17 April 2006, 11:42 AM EDT

Google and the World of SearchI recently polled my graduate students to see where they turn to begin research for a paper. I suppose this shouldn't come as a surprise: the number one answer—by far—was Google. Some might say they're lazy or misdirected, but the allure of that single box—and how well it works for most tasks—is incredibly strong. Try getting students to go to five or six different search engines for gated online databases such as ProQuest Academic and JSTOR—all of which have different search options and produce a complex array of results compared to Google. I was thinking about this recently as I tested the brand new scholarly search engine from Microsoft, Windows Live Academic. Windows Live Academic is a direct competitor to Google Scholar, which has been in business now for over a year but is still in 'beta' (like most Google products). Both are trying to provide that much-desired single box for academic researchers. And while those in the sciences may eventually be happy with this new option from Microsoft (though it's currently much rougher than Google's beta, as you'll see), like Google Scholar, Windows Live Academic is a big disappointment for students, teachers, and professors in the humanities. I suspect there are three main reasons for this lack of a high-quality single box humanities search."

My main concern is that the regular Google search engines points students to wikipedia. While it has some great information on some topics you can't find anywhere else, the lack of reliable validity of authorship troubles me.

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