Commercial Search Engines, International Databases or Traditional Libraries?

Chanson, Hubert (2005) Commercial Search Engines, International Databases or Traditional Libraries?. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 43 6: A85-A87.

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Author Chanson, Hubert
Title Commercial Search Engines, International Databases or Traditional Libraries?
Journal name Journal of Hydraulic Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1686
Publication date 2005-01-01
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Volume 43
Issue 6
Start page A85
End page A87
Total pages 3
Place of publication Spain
Publisher International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research
Collection year 2005
Subject 280599 Data Format not elsewhere classified
400201 Librarianship
330399 Professional Development of Teachers not elsewhere classified
291799 Communications Technologies not elsewhere classified
400000 Journalism, Librarianship and Curatorial Studies
260500 Hydrology
330300 Professional Development of Teachers
290800 Civil Engineering
290899 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
291199 Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
260502 Surfacewater Hydrology
290000 Engineering and Technology
291100 Environmental Engineering
289900 Other Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
291299 Maritime Engineering not elsewhere classified
291899 Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified
330000 Education
291800 Interdisciplinary Engineering
409999 Other Journalism, Librarianship and Curatorial Studies
400200 Librarianship
339999 Other Education
299900 Other Engineering and Technology
290802 Water and Sanitary Engineering
289999 Other Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
299999 Engineering and Technology not elsewhere classified
770400 Coastal and Estuarine Environment
Abstract In 2005, the IAHR Newsletter No. 3 presented an article by two young hydraulic researchers who did well to introduce a new Internet resource called Google Scholar (COZZOLINO and DI PACE 2005). This new Internet search engine aims to "search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research" (Google Scholar Beta). It is a powerful tool for the common public, including school and university students. But what is "scholarly literature" as defined by Google Scholar? The search engine documentation is very quiet. Could such a tool replace scientific libraries and databases? In summary, I believe that Google Scholar fills a gap between traditional search engines and scientific databases. But it should be not be confused with traditional international scientific databases that encompass key peer-reviewed scholarly works. Researchers, engineers and academics should remember these key differences in assessing the quality of bibliographic "research" that would derive solely from Google Scholar searches. In addition, Internet "surfing" and digital material cannot replace traditional library resources nor personal experience. This is particularly true in hydraulic engineering and the future lies probably in a complementary use of all tools by expert, knowledgable researchers, academics and engineers.
Keyword commercial search engines
international databases
traditional libraries
search tools
bibliographic databases
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Additional Notes CHANSON, H. (2005). "Commercial Search Engines, International Databases or Traditional Libraries ?" Jl of Hyd. Res., Vol. 43, No. 6, Supplement, pp. A85-87 (ISSN 0022-1686). (also IAHR Newsletter, Vol. 22, No. 6, pp. 85-87.)

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Created: Tue, 07 Mar 2006, 10:00:00 EST by Hubert Chanson on behalf of School of Engineering