Microsoft Academic Search – don’t get your hopes up

Microsoft Academic Search has been made a public beta.  Before you get too excited this is not Academic Live resurrected. This is a project from Microsoft Research Asia and although the help screen says “Find top scientists, conferences, and journals in a specific field” it only seems to cover computing and the Internet.

The visual explorer is interesting – you need to install sliverlight – and the Advanced Search is reasonable, but if like me you were expecting a worthy competitor to Google Scholar you will be disappointed. But if you are interested in conferences and papers on computing and Internet technologies then give it a go.

2 thoughts on “Microsoft Academic Search – don’t get your hopes up”

  1. it seems it has interesting “publish citation trend” feature in their recent update. go to an authors pages to see it.

    also, it appears to update new papers every week.

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