Friday, January 13, 2006


Brand new article in JMLA via PMC: Google Scholar. Reviewed by Rita Vine, MA, MLSIn: J Med Libr Assoc. 2006 January; 94(1): 97–99. Copyright © 2006, Medical Library Association From Rita Vine: "Google Scholar gets better at indexing PubMed content, but it's still several months behind. With over a year since the launch of Google Scholar, I thought it was time to revisit my test of Google Scholar's indexing of PubMed content. In my Sitelines article, Google Scholar is a Full Year Late Indexing PubMed Content of February 8 2005, I ran a test to see how GS's coverage of PubMed stacked up. Using a randomly selected list of clinical trials on breast cancer (I wanted important articles that no physician would want to miss) spanning approximately 18 months of publication coverage, I discovered that GS was about one full year behind in coverage of PubMed. So, has anything changed? To re-test the coverage, I chose another 10 clinical trials on breast cancer from the current PubMed database, randomly selected but spanning the period June 2005 - December 2005. The conclusion? The latest PubMed citation to appear in both Google Scholar was from August 2005 -- almost 5 months ago. Yes, it's an improvement over the last test, and a significant one. However, for physicians and those who need to know, PubMed continues to be an important tool for accessing the current medical literature" Permanent link for "Google Scholar gets better at indexing PubMed content, but it's still several months behind." My comment will follow soon ... Thanks to: UBC Google Scholar Blog"To observe, document and comment on the evolution of search in medicine" by Dean Giustini
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