Google Scholar and its Competitors introduces information seekers to web search tools that provide access to scholarly resources. It begins with a discussion of scholarly communication trends and their effects on access to scholarly resources in the digital environment. In this context the book examines Google Scholar and its competitors in terms of their databases, features, functionality, and strengths and weaknesses. It also explores the implications of Google Scholar and its competitors for information seekers and libraries.
Dr Ingrid Hsieh-Yee is a full professor of the School of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America. With a doctoral degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she specializes in information organization and access. Her research interests include organization of information, user interactions with information systems, metadata, digital collections, and research methods. Dr. Hsieh-Yee has won several research awards. In recent years she investigated users' Web search behaviour, users' experience and perceptions of a federated search system, the search performance of Google Scholar and Academic Search Premier, and the effects of subject headings and table of contents on subject searches. She has published extensively.