Complementary Value of Databases for Discovery of Scholarly Literature: A User Survey of Online Searching for Publications in Art History

College and Research Libraries, Vol. 71, No. 3, pp. 223-235, 2010

Posted: 6 Jul 2011  

Erik Nemeth

Cultural Security; RAND Corporation

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Discovery of academic literature through Web search engines challenges the traditional role of specialized research databases. Creation of literature outside of academic presses and peer-reviewed publications expands the content for scholarly research within a particular field. The resulting body of literature raises the question of whether scholars prefer the perceived broader access of Web search engines or opt for the precision of field-specific research databases. Surveys of art historians indicate a complementary use of on-line search tools with a reliance on field-specific research databases to discover authoritative content. Active use of Web search engines and initiatives for open access suggest that research databases will integrate into an evolving Web-based infrastructure that supports discovery and access of scholarly literature.

Keywords: scholarly literature, authoritative content, research databases, search engines

Suggested Citation

Nemeth, Erik, Complementary Value of Databases for Discovery of Scholarly Literature: A User Survey of Online Searching for Publications in Art History (2010). College and Research Libraries, Vol. 71, No. 3, pp. 223-235, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1878031

Erik Nemeth (Contact Author)

Cultural Security ( email )

Santa Monica, CA
United States

HOME PAGE: http://culturalsecurity.net

RAND Corporation ( email )

1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.rand.org/about/people/n/nemeth_erik.html

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
300