Microsoft has launched Academic Live, which searches the full text from thousands of scholarly journals.
Academic Live (beta release version) currently has deep content in the fields of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Physics, but is expanding rapidly. A search today for articles containing Apis mellifera (the honeybee) yielding nearly 800 references; a search for Human Genome yielded over 11,500 articles. So though Microsoft is saying this beta is primarily for the computer techies, it's certainly got a lot of biological content already, too!
Content comes from a wide array of publishers including Wiley, Blackwell, Elsevier, and more. Microsoft has been working with publishers who are members of CrossRef (as well as others), so the list of publishers will be considerable! Take a look at the current list of titles and publishers searchable via Academic Live.
We expect UIUC's "Discover" links to appear in Academic Live, soon (when you're on campus); this will enable our users to easily discover articles for which we hold viewing right for.
Academic Live is still in beta, so be sure to send the folks at Microsoft your suggestions for improving this tool! And, if you've not yet tried out Google Scholar, please do so! It also searches through the full text of thousands of journals and institutional repositories for quality, scholarly information.
Posted by Katie Newman at April 13, 2006 1:11 PM