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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Google steering users toward Google Scholar

If you put a name and city into Google, you'll often get a phone book entry as the first search result, followed by the ordinary results. If you put a standard term preceded by the word "book" into Google, you'll often get Google-scanned books as the first search results, followed by the ordinary results. Today I noticed that vanilla Google will sometimes give you Google Scholar results before the ordinary results. Here's one example. It's difficult to trigger this behavior deliberately, which suggests (1) that it might be an old feature that I just didn't run into before and (2) that it's a very new feature and doesn't yet cover even the comparatively small GS index. In any case, it's a welcome integration of functions and should help make the GS literature more visible to Google users.