Here’s an excellent example of a powerful combination: open access journals and a Google custom search engine. Canadian law librarian, Annette Demers, at the University of Windsor Paul Martin Law Library, has constructed a custom search for Open Access Law Reviews and Commentaries. See her posting — New! Meta Search of Open Access Law Journals!. This is Annette’s fourth custom search engine.
There were more good items in the Best Biz Web Newsletter this month. This newsletter is available for free but you must have a subscription. If you have any interest in business resources, sign up now at Best of the Business Web. When you visit, check the blog – Thinking Out Loud – for thoughtful postings by Robert Berkman on the research process.
Of interest to me in the June newsletter were:
CORE – Connecting Repositories — aggregates open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide. CORE provides “services for different stakeholders including academics and researchers, repository managers, funders and developers”.
Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content at TOW Center for Digital Journalism that describes and links to a report by Craig Silverman on “How News Websites Spread (and Debunk) Online Rumors, Unverified Claims and Misinformation.” Beware the viral story.
Journalists today have an imperative—and an opportunity—to sift through the mass of content being created and shared in order to separate true from false, and to help the truth to spread. This report includes a set of specific and, where possible, data driven recommendations for how this anti-viral viral strategy can be executed.
This is fun – Pinterest collection for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Just eight categories but this will surely fill out.
Not everything is on the Web. Sometimes we need access to for-fee databases, and often we can obtain this through our public library system. Dan Russell provides guidance on this in Going beyond the paywalls with paid databases in his April 16 Search Research challenge.
Dan Russell gives many pointers on search approach and scholarly, online journal tools to use when seeking to verify a reference or do a fact check.
Answer (part 2): Can you find the reference for…, Search Research (Apr 14)
HathiTrust over 11 million texts in its digital repository – but they aren’t all fully viewable.
That library now numbers over 13 million titles, most of which are in copyright and therefore not freely available for online reading. Instead, these can be used for research: if you need to figure out what terms appear in which books (and how often), you can use HathiTrust to do so; having identified the books that are of interest to you, you can then pursue full access to them by some other means. Other kinds of research are possible as well, within constraints designed to maximize access without crossing legal lines.
Proquest will work with Google Scholar to enable indexing of its full text.
ProQuest and Google collaborate with full text indexing, Proquest (March 24)
“ProQuest will enable the full text of its scholarly journal content to be indexed in Google Scholar, improving research outcomes. Work is underway and the company anticipates that by the third-quarter of 2015, users starting their research in Google Scholar will be able to access scholarly content via ProQuest.”
Many scholarly materials and research reports are not easily found by the big Web search engines. Google, even with Google Scholar, may not uncover the research and discussion that is available through a digital repository. There are thousands of these repositories created by universities, research centres, and other organizations to advance the work of their faculty, students, or members, and to offer the research to the public. Our challenge is to locate these.
HathiTrust is one (http://www.hathitrust.org). It partners with research institutions and librariesin the United States and internationally to provide smooth access to digital collections of books, serials and publications. Its metadata enables search by subject, author, language, date range, country, and format.
Many digital repositories are associated with the open access (OA) movement for providing scholarly resources that are digital, free of charge, and free of most restrictions in use. There are two major directories to open access repositories for academic research.
Directory of Open Access Repositories in the UK – OpenDOAR – http://opendoar.org. It has over 2,600 listings, searchable by country, subject, repository type, language and a couple of other parameters, as well as a keyword search on content.
The Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR – http://roar.eprints.org) reports on growth and status of repositories. It can be used to locate repositories in a country or subject which you would then search directly.
Repositories can also be found through directories to users of a particular platform. Two of the prominent platforms are:
- Dspace User Registry – http://registry.duraspace.org/registry/dspace
- Fedora User Registry – http://registry.duraspace.org/registry/fedora
The University of Toronto created TSpace to “preserve and disseminate” the “scholary record” of the university – and makes this freely available to all users. Repositories might also be a digital collection on a particular topic such as the ones listed on this University of Toronto page for “local digital special collections”.
This is just a small sampling. Whenever academic research may be applicable to your search quest, consider the repositories. Find more just by using repository as a search term together with your topic.
Internet Scout Project featured JournalTOCS in its latest newsletter. JournalTOCS provides tables of contents on new issues of academic journals. Service is provided by Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Open an account and follow your favourite journals.
“JournalTOCs is the biggest searchable collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs). It contains articles’ metadata of TOCs for over 25,026 journals directly collected from over 2411 publishers.“
Peer review of journals happens through social media as well as formal processes, as we see in this article about using Twitter.
Peer review: Trial by Twitter by Apoorva Mandavilli, Nature (Jan 19 2011)
Article points to ways to picking up online discussion. Doesn’t mention how scholars could use Twitter.
One solution may lie in new ways of capturing, organizing and measuring all these scattered inputs, so that they end up making a coherent contribution to science instead of just fading back into the blogosphere. Perhaps the most successful and interesting experiments of this type can be found at websites such as Faculty of 1000 (F1000) and thirdreviewer.com, and in online reference libraries such as Mendeley, CiteULike and Zotero, which allow users to bookmark and share links to online papers or other interesting sites.
For more on using Twitter try this search at Google — twitter for scholars -site:twitter.com