Academia’s big guns fight ‘Google effect’

An interesting piece over at the Grauniad suggests that academic search engines (which have been, at points, the very bane of my life) are ‘less mediocre’ than Google but lack user-friendliness.

Scores of academic search engines provide a heavyweight alternative to the commercial ones and work against what Brighton University’s professor of media- Tara Brabazon has termed “the Google effect” – a tendency towards mediocrity.

Yeah, maybe. But Google will often pull up the pages of academics who put pre-prints of their papers online, saving us the rigmarole of trying to get a full text version of a paper via a university library only to hit that ‘computer says no’ message at the end.

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Ian Hocking

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