利用Google Scholar查詢醫學文獻可靠嗎?!

2016/04/30     來源:JMLA閱讀原文

Variation in number of hits for complex searches in Google Scholar

Wichor Matthijs Bramer, BSc

ABSTRACT
Objective

Google Scholar is often used to search for medical literature. Numbers of results reported by Google Scholar outperform the numbers reported by traditional databases. How reliable are these numbers? Why are often not all available 1,000 references shown?

Methods

For several complex search strategies used in systematic review projects, the number of citations and the total number of versions were calculated. Several search strategies were followed over a two-year period, registering fluctuations in reported search results.

Results

Changes in numbers of reported search results varied enormously between search strategies and dates. Theories for calculations of the reported and shown number of hits were not proved.

Conclusions

The number of hits reported in Google Scholar is an unreliable measure. Therefore, its repeatability is problematic, at least when equal results are needed.

閱讀全文:J Med Libr Assoc. 2016 Apr; 104(2): 143–145. (doi:  10.3163/1536-5050.104.2.009)

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