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ERIC Number: EJ1057375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0870
Complementary Value of Databases for Discovery of Scholarly Literature: A User Survey of Online Searching for Publications in Art History
Nemeth, Erik
College & Research Libraries, v71 n3 p223-235 May 2010
Discovery of academic literature through Web search engines challenges the traditional role of specialized research databases. Creation of literature outside academic presses and peer-reviewed publications expands the content for scholarly research within a particular field. The resulting body of literature raises the question of whether scholars prefer the perceived broader access of Web search engines or opt for the precision of field-specific research databases. Surveys of art historians indicate a complementary use of online search tools with a reliance on field-specific research databases to discover authoritative content. Active use of Web search engines and initiatives for open access suggest that research databases will integrate into an evolving Web-based infrastructure that supports discovery and access of scholarly literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A