Faculty News #7 - Library

01 juin 2018
How searching for publications or data

Searching for publications or data? Here are a few reminders on how to optimize your search.

  • Configure Google Scholar:

A query in Google Scholar returns results whose full text is not necessarily available. In order to check if the full text is available with the subscriptions at Audencia, simply click on Google Scholar settings and enter the name of the school.

Note: the link is automatically displayed from the local network of Audencia.

From then on, a link “Full text via Audencia" will appear in the results list, just right of the reference; by clicking on it, you will be redirected to the document thanks to the school’s subscriptions.

Attention : the list of sources indexed by Google Scholar is not known.

We know by experience that we can find sites of major publishers or open archives but we also know that Google indexes sources they call "academic". This may be research blogs or research units websites.

Google Scholar can be a good way to spot grey literature for example.
This very large number of indexed sources naturally can have an impact on the number of citations found for each document.
Google Scholar Button: this extension adds a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any webpage (available for Chrome or Firefox).

  • Advantage of our discovery tool
  1. By using our search engine Ebsco Discovery Tool (EDS) the user only queries the sources we selected, which narrows the context and thus limits noise (unwanted results).
  2. The query can be made more precise by using a combination of fields of the advanced search engine. Google Scholar is less accurate.
  3. Moreover, when you are just exploring broadly, i.e. you don’t know exactly what you are looking for but you are exploring the scientific literature of a domain, EDS tool allows you to refine a posteriori in a much finer way than Google Scholar. The proposed facets (menus on the left) make it possible to combine criteria and better define a subject.
  • Dimensions: an alternative to Google Scholar

Dimensions is a linked research free data platform with over 90 millions research publications as well as connections associated with grants, clinical trials and patents information

You can search using a key word and add filters (date, area of research, journal or researcher)

The analytical view moves out across your search to analyze your search results and shows you trends.

For each publications you can see the citation information with the Dimensions badge as well as the attention information with the Altmetric attention score showing you how the publication has been talked about across the internet

  • Some useful extensions to optimize your web browsing
  1. Install the Google Scholar button for Chrome or Firefox and click on it to launch a Google Scholar search and possibly find the full text. Don’t forget to set Google Scholar parameters to display the link to the school’s resources.
  2. Install the Open Access Button (Chrome or Firefox) and click on the button while you are on the page a scientific article to check if the full text is available.
  3. Install the Chrome or Firefox extension of Unpaywall. If the padlock turns to green while you are searching for the reference of a scientific article it means that there is an Open Access version of it.
  4. Install the Kopernio extension. While you are reading a scientific article, a box «PDF Found» will appear at the bottom of the page to indicate that the full text is available.

Finally, if you still can’t find the full text, do not hesitate: ask the library!

Any questions or comments?  anne.barbier@audencia.com

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