For authors willing to experiment, we offer some links to useful new technology, ideas and practices.
- Google Trends - who’s searching for what?
- Google Scholar - search articles, papers, abstracts.
- Google Desktop - search your own computer.
- Bibster - more accurate, easier referencing.
- Dublin Core Metadata - for online authors.
Google Trends enables you to “see what the world is searching for”. Putting multiple terms up side-by-side can be illuminating (eg: human resource management, hrm). You can also focus in on a particular region and/or time period.
Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
Google Desktop is how our brains would work if we had photographic memories. It's a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, computer files, chats, and the web pages you've viewed. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop Search puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails, and bookmarks.
Bibster is a Java-based system which assists researchers in managing, searching, and sharing bibliographic metadata (e.g. from BibTeX files) in a peer-to-peer network.
The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) is an organization dedicated to promoting the widespread adoption of interoperable metadata standards and developing specialized metadata vocabularies for describing resources that enable more intelligent information discovery systems.
If there’s something you are doing or know about that we haven’t listed, why not drop us a line?