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Google Scholar eases access to library resources

9:05 a.m., Jan. 12, 2005--The University of Delaware Library has announced that a new Internet service, Google Scholar, will improve access to materials in the library.

Google Scholar is designed to provide seamless access to licensed databases that the library provides, as well as information about physical items in the library’s collection.

Developed by Internet search engine company Google, Google Scholar enables users to search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports covering broad areas of scholarly inquiry.

The new service so far incorporates material from journals such as Nature, as well as many other academic, technical and scientific publishers. Bibliographic information is added to Google Scholar daily from library catalogs from around the world, including from DELCAT, supplied by OCLC (the Online Computer Library Center).

Google Scholar is being recognized by libraries and researchers across the country as an additional means of facilitating the research process.

“It is important to recognize that University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff are able to immediately view thousands of entire articles found in Google Scholar because the University of Delaware Library subscribes to, pays for, and licenses access to thousands of electronic journals that are included in Google Scholar,” Susan Brynteson, the May Morris Director of Libraries, said.

Through its Databases and Electronic Journals web pages, however, the UD Library provides access for members of the UD community to many more online full-text articles than are available through Google Scholar.

Users who are not accessing the Internet through the University of Delaware network may only see a request to purchase that article and not have seamless and no-charge access to the entire article. For this reason, it is important that users configure the UD Web Proxy or "Proxify" button on their browser toolbar. For more information on the UD Web Proxy and how to set it up, go to [www.udel.edu/topics/connect/webproxy].

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