New Research Tool for Academia

Microsoft announced Tuesday the beta release of a its new Windows Live Academic Search, a research tool that combines advanced search techniques with the resources of leading content providers to help researchers, students, and faculty conduct literature searches across a range of academic and scholarly publications. This first release will feature computer science, electrical engineering, and physics content from the ACM, IEEE, and selected publishers including Reed Elsevier and Wiley & Sons.

The program is a collaborative effort of Microsoft, CrossRef —a nonprofit dedicated to cross-publisher citation linking—and initially more than a dozen key publishers and societies. An important goal of Windows Live Academic Search is to provide an innovative interface for searching through thousands of resources. A few notable search and display features include: a “mouse-over” preview pane, citation support in two major bibliographic formats, author hyperlinks, RSS for topical and author updates, direct links to online published versions, and various sort functions.

The beta service is available at http://academic.live.com in English for the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and Australia. Additional markets and content will be added throughout the beta period.

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