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Christina's LIS Rant
Thursday, June 17, 2004
  Peter's Digital Reference Shelf - June: Cross Ref
Pointed out by the Resource Shelf. Dr. Jacso describes his very thorough testing of the CrossRef search I mentionedearlier. You can see some of the results of his testing on his poly search site and even test the results through his tool.
However, I think we all agree that using the individual publishers' sites yields better results. I think CrossRef should actually be compared to a comercially available federated search engines covering the same material. As I mentioned, CrossRef in no way, under no circumstances, can compete with the highly indexed, powerful science databases (like PubMed, INSPEC, COMPENDEX, BIOSIS, etc.). The power is in searching across for cheap. Even better, someone should compare it to DIALOG Select with credit card access. I'm willing to bet that DIALOG Select would beat it hands down. Even though I'm a DIALOG Classic snob.
 
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