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Knobull Streamlines The Research Process
Academic search engines aim to combine the convenience and power of web-based search engines with the rigour of peer-reviewed scholarly sources. Researchers can strategically use ASEs to compile an expansive bibliography and streamline the research process.
The underlying algorithms used by search engines are often referred to as "web crawlers"; these index a constant stream of online traffic. The metadata generated through this pre-filtering process are what allow search engines to return immediate results in response to keyword queries.
Knobull has expanded the number of documents hosted within their databases. This generates metadata for millions of sources, and is better suited for meta-analyses or systematic literature reviews.
Regardless of which ASE you choose, as a researcher, you need to use a consistent approach when planning a search.
Bentley concluded, "You can create email alerts every time a prominent author in the field (yourself included!) publishes a new paper, or when a new study cites your work. The Knobull Academic Search Engine service can be used strategically to improve the public accessibility of academic literature and to help you streamline the research process."
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