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Google Scholar Chrome extension: features and RefWorks integration

If you use Google Chrome and Google Scholar, you’ll probably be interested in the recently released Scholar Chrome extension. I gave the extension a whirl, and here are my notes – including details of its support for RefWorks and Find My Reference.

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LearnTech news: technology for research

The monthly LearnTech newsletter has just arrived in my mailbox and although its focus is learning and teaching, I can see a few items that might also have an application in research. They are all described on the LearnTech blog:

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Citation data and metrics in Google Scholar

Google Scholar has offered basic metrics data for some time, but the service has seen some interesting developments recently that make it easy to discover highly-cited journals and articles for a wide selection of academic disciplines.

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Caveat lector: a lament for Google Reader

Perhaps we were asking for trouble posting about the demise of Connotea and Posterous, because now look what’s happened: Google Reader has caught the fever and will be disappearing on July 1.

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Don’t Track Me, Google: a plugin to reclaim your search URLs

I had a problem this afternoon: searching for details on a conference from the distant past, I hit Google and found a link to a Word document with the conference programme. I wanted to email this link to someone, and that’s when the problem appeared: I couldn’t. Here’s what I discovered, and what I discovered I could do about it.

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Posthumous Posterous: the importance of the exit strategy

I this post I discuss the imminent closure of the Posterous blogging service, and the wider topic of what happens to your data when a tool you rely on is killed off (or, perhaps, you grow out of it and want to move elsewhere). I’ll take a look at the export options for various major online tools that researchers may be likely to use, and suggest a few things to check for when you’re starting out (or if you’re already knee-deep in published content).

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‘Just About…’: YouTube researcher tips from University of Warwick

University of Warwick library have launched Just About…, a new YouTube channel for sharing short tips and guides for researchers, based on their information skills workshops. Among the initial offerings is a guide to setting up alerts in Web of Knowledge and Google, which any researcher may find useful.

Don’t forget that University of Northampton research training videos are also available through the NILE RES001 module – new additions are posted to our Training category.

Thumbnail image: Hungarian television set from 1959 by Takkk via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons)

Citation analysis tool – Google Scholar

This is one of a series of posts describing tools that are available for citation analysis.  For other tools see here.

Google Scholar is the ‘academic’ version of the popular Google search engine.  It covers scholarly literature from a range of sources, including “academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites” (Google, 2011). What Google doesn’t tell us are the names of these sources (i.e. which publishers, journals etc. are harvested) or the frequency of updates.  This means that we cannot be certain how comprehensive a search is or how up-to-date.

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