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Google Scholar

June 18th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I’ve always been a bit dubious about Google Scholar – it seems to have so many links that take you nowhere without a lot of work.Now I’ve found that you can change your preferences to give it a ‘Save to Endnote link’. So, for example, I just searched for Rupert Wegerif’s 1998 article, ‘The social dimension of asynchronous learning networks’, which Karen suggested was a key text.

Google Scholar brings up all the articles which cite Rupert’s article, in order of how many citations they have received themselves. So, I’m presuming, the most influential articles are at the top.

Then I created a new Endnote library and imported the top 85 hits – giving me the 85 articles which both cited Rupert and had, themselves, been cited more than once.

Going to Endnote View All, I can press print and produce a complete reading list on this subject, all within minutes. (Well, minutes now I know how to do it. It took me a fair amount of time to work it out.)

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Anesa Hosein // Jun 21, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Hmmm … whilst I like Google and Endnote separately .. I’m not certain I want to be importing all the articles available … but I guess it is down to my nature – I like to see the article and then decide whether I need it and then put it into Endnote to suit my formatting. Anyway, I reckon it is a good facility for other people.

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