ERIC Number: EJ845508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Institutional Repositories in the UK: What Can the Google User Find There?
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v38 n4 p221-228 2006
This study investigates the efficiency of the Google search engine at retrieving items from 26 UK Institutional Repositories, covering a wide range of subject areas. One item is chosen from each repository and four searches are carried out: two keyword searches and two full title searches, each using both Google and then Google Scholar. A further search tests the retrieval of the item from the repository interface. Known information-seeking behaviour was taken into account when interpreting the results. These show that the Google and Google Scholar user would retrieve items from the repositories, particularly when the full title was known. However, some skill would be needed to evaluate the different versions of texts retrieved, and accessing the repositories through more sophisticated harvesting services might prove a better option for the scholar. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Search Engines, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Users (Information), Information Seeking, Information Retrieval, Academic Libraries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom