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April 13, 2006

Microsoft Launches Windows Academic Live Search

.: Information Today reports that Microsoft has released its beta version of Windows Academic Live Search, in seven countries. Will it become known as WALS? Intital subject areas targeted are electrical engineering, computer science, and physics. Excerpt from the Microsoft press release:

REDMOND, Wash. — April 11, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the beta release of its Windows Live™ Academic Search service in seven countries. The new search service is designed to help students, researchers and university faculty conduct research across a spectrum of academic journals. The program is a cooperative effort between Windows Live Search, industry association CrossRef and more than 10 leading publishers. The initial beta release will target the subjects of computer science, electrical engineering and physics, and the company is working with multiple organizations to bring new subjects online in the near future. Windows Live Academic Search will offer peer-reviewed content from leading scholarly societies such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and leading publishers Elsevier and John Wiley & Sons Inc. Windows Live Academic Search can be found at http://academic.live.com and will provide English-language results in select global markets.
So, we have one more open web source for our researchers to use in lieu of the databases to which we subscribe on their behalf. Has anyone tried using WALS outside of an IP-authenticated environment? The line that begins, "Windows Live Academic Search will offer peer-reviewed content from leading scholarly societies such as the..." is a bit misleading in that users will have access to said peer-reviewed content only if they are in an IP-autheniticated environment and their insitution subscribes to the citation they want to read. I haven't had time to check all the features, so if anyone has time, please send feedback.