The much awaited Windows Live Academic Search has been released. The statement was announced by the personnels at MSN. The launch of Academic Search would basically act as a helping tool for the users. How? Let me explain. The usage of academic search would allow the users to search for the information in the academic journal content. This would eventually permit the users to complete their research and information gathering work in a much effective and efficient manner.
Further more, beta index targets journal content which is related to the subjects such as Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Physics. However, in near future more subjects are expected to be added in its index. Let's hope for the best till then. Moreover, the main ingredients of Academic Search will be responsible to provide more control over the user's search experience. This would make it easier for the user to find right kind of information.
Features of Windows Live Academic Search are:
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.
The MSN team further stated that they also plan to introduce Windows Live Search Macros support to Academic search which will enable you to write your own macros in the Academic search. Visit Windows Live Academic Search Blog for a detailed study.
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!