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Library Hours Spring Break 2013

The Library will be open Monday, 3/25 through Tuesday, 4/2, from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm. CLOSED on Saturday, 3/30 and Sunday, 3/31.

Regular hours resume on Wednesday, 4/3. Our schedule is here. Enjoy the holidays and the break!

Going Beyond Google Again

Be sure to check out this new book by Professors Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider in the Library: Going Beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web. It is an updated version of their previous work; it will be published in April 2013.

Gaming Google Scholar Metrics

In the library, we often talk about how problematic Google search results can be. Google Scholar Metrics and Citations are potentially powerful and useful bibliometric tools. But lots of caveats remain, both about these tools but also about an over-reliance on seemingly objective data as a measure of scholarly impact. Spanish researchers (Emilio Delgado López-Cózar, Nicolás Robinson-García and Daniel Torres-Salinas) have demonstrated how easy it is to trick Google with fake documents and even fake scholars. More on the Google Scholar experiment here.