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Bibliographical databases are the main source to discover content from journals (InfoTodayEurope)

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How do journal readers discover content in scholarly journals?  In their latest report on user search behaviour, Simon Inger and Tracy Gardner (of Renew Training) explore user search patterns and draw conclusions (based on previous research undertaken in 2005 and 2008) about how search is changing. (…)

The report explores three types of reader behaviour.

Citation searching

Which starting points are the most important to researchers?  Increasing in their importance to readers are specialist bibliographic databases (e.g. PubMed) and web pages managed by specific subject area research groups.  New starting points have appeared since the last survey (2008) and these include academic search engines such as Google Scholar. After bibliographic databases, these are the second most popular source for looking up citations.

Core journal browsing

How do readers begin their browsing of their core journal content?  The research shows that abstracting and indexing databases are increasing in importance as are publishers’ websites, journal home pages and web pages managed by key research groups.  Journal alerts are decreasing in importance but are still the second most popular resource for discovering the latest articles.

Subject searching

How do readers discover content on a specific subject? Readers continue to favour specialist bibliographic databases.  Library websites have increased in importance, due, the authors suggest, to the introduction of web scale discovery services.  General search engines have declined in importance.


Read the full article at:

Skelton, Val. Discovering content in scholarly journals. Information Today Europe, November 12, 2012. Available from:



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November 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm

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