Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Enhancement to the Catalog: Most Checked Out Materials

We have made a series of new lists that may be of interest to the AUR Library community: lists of the 100 most checked-out materials for each semester from 2007.

You can get to these lists by going to the AUR Library Catalog page, going to the drop-down menu, selecting Browsing and Catalog, and you will see the option Most Checked Out.

Let us know what you think.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Search Within Citing Articles in Google Scholar

A very important improvement has just been announced by Google. One of the major advantages of using Google Scholar is to be able to find later articles that cite the article you are interested in. Many people have been asking for Google to allow you to search only within these specific articles, and now it does. This should make everyone's researching much easier.

How does it work? It's very simple. When you do a search in Google Scholar, either directly or using AUR Library's Extend Search tool, you will always see how many articles cited the article later.

In this example, the article Has feminism changed archaeology? by MW Conkey was published in 2003 and since then has been cited in 22 other articles. When you click on the Cited by link, it will show you the citations.

We see here that the previous article was cited in a book entitled Science and social inequality by S. Harding from 2006, among the 22 others. Google's improvement is to add a click box at the top so that you can limit your search to only within the articles that cited the original article, and not the entire Google Scholar database.

For more information on using Google Scholar, see the page in the AUR Library Information Wiki.