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"Matucheski, Michele L." <[log in to unmask]>
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Matucheski, Michele L.
Fri, 13 Jan 2006 10:35:00 -0600
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Hi All--
I got some great responses from the list regarding a comparison of Medline
vs. Google Scholar.  
See below my signature for the summary.

Thanks, Medlib-L!

Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP
The Clark Family Health Science Library
Mercy Medical Center - Affinity Health System
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"Expert care begins with expert information."

Not necessarily a direct comparison, but still worthwhile:

More information can also be found here:
Ammon Ripple has created an excellent PowerPoint comparing MEDLINE and
Google Scholar for a class he offers at The University of Pittsburgh.
Please contact Ammon directly for the PowerPoint, if interested.
Ammon S. Ripple, MLS
Head of Reference Services
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
200 Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
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Several people mentioned the following articles :
Rita Vine, University of Toronto librarian published a review in JMLA.

There is a wonderful article in the January 5, 2006 issue of The New England
Journal of Medicine (354:1) pages 4-7 by Robert Steinbrook entitled
"Searching for the Right Search--Reaching the Medical Literature."  This
includes a section "Choosing among Search Engines."
--this perspective asserts that according to Highwire Press, Google referred
56.4% of requests to Highwire Pr -hosted journals, PubMed came in at 8.7,
Google Scholar 3.7, Yahoo at 3.4, There is a pie chart in the
4 page article--but look at it in color ...
Giustini D.
query_hl=3&itool=pubmed_docsum>  How Google is changing medicine.
BMJ. 2005 Dec 24;331(7531):1487-8. No abstract available. 
PMID: 16373722 [PubMed - in process]
--author says that Google Scholar has led more visitors to biomedical
websites than PubMed--(however if you check second article, it isn't THAT
much more--Google, not Google Scholar, leads the pack)
--is quicker at locating highly cited articles
--easy to use for laymen, but presentation hinders its use, articles are
presented in quantity but not quality, not presented chronologically, can't
be sorted in any way or downloaded, or emailed, of course
Henderson J.
query_hl=1&itool=pubmed_docsum>  Google Scholar: A source for clinicians?
CMAJ. 2005 Jun 7;172(12):1549-50. No abstract available. 
PMID: 15939908 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]   This article is free on the
Jean Siebert's thoughts :
Google Scholar
-Use for citation analysis who cited who. It goes much further than Web of
Science in some ways including dissertation citing of articles. 
-Use for topics which are very cross disciplinary such as lessons learned
from natural disasters 
-utilize the version which has been updated with local holding information
-Great to utilize for teaching graduate students (our future faculty
members) especially those who are very active net users and like to try new
-use for all aspects of ADD with hyperactivity

-Use for clinical studies
-Utilize for research articles which are of broad impact
-Use local variant with LinkOut (this really makes the faculty member
-If they need practice guidelines
-A few good articles on a topic
-Interdisciplinary health sciences topics such as medical aspects of ADD
with hyperactivity
- When lots of synonyms  abbreviations homonyms and variant spellings for a
word or phrase exist and  MesH terms are available
Ann Callas created a chart that compared PubMed to Google (not Google
Scholar) encouraging medical professionals to use PubMed to access the best
clinical info.  That PubMed offers many search features that Google doesn't
including the following : Subject search, order articles, related articles,
Save strategy/receive alert, mark articles, print results list, view
history, combine search steps, change display to view article availability