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BASE - new release, links to Google Scholar

- apologies for cross posting -

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the latest release of our search 
engine BASE (Release 3, 1 March 2006), that is now successfully 
running on a server cluster. URL: http://www.base-search.net

BASE searches over 2.7 million documents from 189 sources. Among 
them are numerous academic full text archives that are accessible 
through the international protocol of the Open Archive Initiative 
(OAI). Most of the documents are freely accessible and can be 
searched on the basis of metadata or full text.

As a new feature we have integrated hit-related links to the 
academic search engine Google Scholar. An example: searching for 
"e-science infrastructure" produces 36 hits: 
Choose hit number 1 ("The Semantic Grid: A future e-Science 
infrastructure") and click on the link "Check this title in 
Google Scholar". The Google Scholar hit list is shown and you can 
now use all functionalities provided by Google Scholar, e.g. + 
view the articles citing the document ("Cited by 122") or + view 
different versions of the article ("group of 26").

Partly, this search will produce no hits, as BASE indexes some of 
the sources more completely than Google Scholar does, moreover, 
some of the sources indexed by BASE are not available in Google 
Scholar. If your library participates in Google Scholar's 
"Library-Links"- programme, there may be shown a link to your 
library stocks.

Other features offered by BASE are

+ different options to refine your search results and to sort your
+ a search history function documenting your queries.

BASE is the multi-disciplinary search engine to scholarly 
internet resources at Bielefeld University, provided and 
developed by the Bielefeld University Library and based on 
technology by the Norwegian company FAST Search & Transfer 
(www.fastsearch.com). Learn more about BASE: 

Urte Kramer
Universitaetsbibliothek Bielefeld
Universitaetsstr. 25, 33615 Bielefeld / Germany
Voice: +49 521 1064058, Fax: +49 521 1064052