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April
12

Windows Live Academic search

We are pleased to announce the beta release of Windows Live Academic Search (http://academic.live.com).

 Academic search helps users to locate information in academic journal content, and allowing them to complete their research and information gathering work more efficiently. At beta, the index focuses on journal content from the subjects of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Physics – we will be expanding the index to additional subjects soon.

  Key components of this release focus around enabling the user to have more control over their search experience which ideally leads to finding the information the right information faster. 

Key features include:

Preview Pane – Users can preview the full or partial abstract of the individual search results alongside additional metadata about the content.  This helps users determine relevance of the content. 


Sort by – Provides users with additional ways to view and analyze their search results including sort by key metadata elements including – Author, Date of publication, Journal of publication etc.


Citation – To aid users in taking the information they have found and easily incorporating into their research – we have added a citation export feature.  From the preview pane,  you can export the data into BibTEx or Endnote format and incorporate it into your bibliography by simply doing a cut & paste.
 

We are currently working to add Windows Live Search Macros support to Academic search – which will allow you to write your own macros (link to the macro entry on the MSN Search blog)  for academic search, and share it with the community.

 You can find more information about Academic search and the Academic search team on the Windows Live Academic search Blog (http://spaces.msn.com/academicsearch)

 

--Thiru Anandanpillai, Product Planning

-- Mike Buschman, Program Management

On behalf of the Windows Live Academic Search team

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Note from Ken Moss, General Manager Web Search: "Just a quick update from the Web search team: we’ve turned the speller back on and after making some code adjustments are continuing to do long term reviews to help ensure an outage like last week won’t happen again. The details of what happened fall into an area we can’t discuss for proprietary reasons, so we can’t talk about it as much as we’d like, but wanted to let you know we are continuing to treat search availability and performance as a top goal. Thanks!”

Comments

  • Hi guys,

    This is pretty nice.

    I would recommend a few things thou, on the user interface point of view.

    How about adding font colors to the search criteria. (On the left side) Every text is with the same color. It would be nice to differentiate between a title, author, and etc.  IT could be either Bold, Italics, or small hue change.

    Another thing I would like to see is the books cover. As many of you know this, 90% of the people judge a book by its cover. So would it be nice if you will have a cover next to it?

    One thing which makes me wonder, I thought academic search should allow us (students) to search contents of a book. I thought that was the sole purpose.

    Anyways nice work on the academic search!
  • In Academic search you provide an option - drop down menu - to sort results by Author, Date of publication, etc.

    Can you make this feature availbale in Web and News Search?

    NEWS:
    Like Google News (http://news.google.com), an option to search by
    (1) date,
    (2) similar stories; there are currently too many duplicates
    (3) and relevance, which I believe is the current default.

    WEB:
    The menu here should depend on different algorithms that somewhat provide different results
    (1) Popularity: the site with the greatest number of links to and from comes up first
    (2) Content: Actual text, or images etc contained come up first rather than links
    (3) Location: the site that is closest to you comes up first
    (4) Relevance: I believe this is the default which takes into account the probability of needs based on "user profile", locality, etc.

    An example correct as of 16/04, a search for "calendar" on google brings up the correct result as the first link "www.timeanddate.com/calendar/", the same search on MSN would bring results local to me but irrelevant to my current needs. Yes, I can find a calendar via the links but not the simple site I wanted to end up in.


    The bottom line is that there is no such thing as the perfect algorithm or formular to provide the best and only best result on any and all circumstances.

    This would allow us - the user - to be in control
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