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Of Google Scholar, Firefox, and OpenURLs

:: The following is from an e-mail sent to WEB4LIB, about a new Firefox extension that adds OpenURL links to search results from Google Scholar. The extension was written by my colleague, Peter Binkley, working three floors above me.

As a proof-of-concept I've built a Firefox extension that adds OpenURL links to the results lists in Google Scholar. It can be downloaded here: http://www.ualberta.ca/~pbinkley/gso/. The functionality is pretty basic but it shows what might be possible.

Ideally, Google will build this functionality directly into Google Scholar, and we'll be able to integrate Google Scholar fully with our local access systems. In the meantime, this extension is fun to play with. It is by no means perfect, but it is perhaps a taste of what we have to look forward to.

You'll need the latest version of Firefox to use it (1.0, not the 1.0 preview).


Peter Binkley
Digital Initiatives Technology Librarian
Information Technology Services
4-30 Cameron Library
University of Alberta Libraries
Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2J8
e-mail: peter.binkley AT ualberta.ca

Additional information in provided by Peter in WEB4LIB e-mails here and here.

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