Question for researchers: I'm trying to use fewer G👀gle services. How could I change my search habits to replace G👀gle Sch :googlyeye: lar?

@SylviaFysica Regarding replacing Google scholar in particular, I think it is worth it going to the conferences and journals in your field, and checking the latest papers directly. If they're paywalled, you can try to contact the authors or go the :scihub: route. Then check the references in those papers for more ideas of things to read. If you're lucky, you may even begin to build community by doing it like this.

@caranha Thank you, these are all very sensible suggestions. 🙂
My usecase today is more for exploratory research; I have an inkling of an idea, but what has already been said about X in field Y?
(As a philosopher of physics, I roam underpopulated research areas, in the trenches between fields.)


I see! Do you know this tool?

It shows a graph of paper connections, so it can help automate part of the work I described before. You still need a starting point, though.

@caranha Thank you for reminding me of this! I've used it once or twice for a review. That's a tool I could definitely use more often!

@SylviaFysica There's Semantic Scholar, but I don't know how much of an improvement in terms of privacy etc that is...

@SylviaFysica Scopus? Web of Science? I don't know if you need a subscription or in the end if any of them are any better.

@pelagikat Our university has subscriptions, but indeed, may raise similar worries. (Perhaps the info is at least less crosslinked across services? Have to check.)

@SylviaFysica IIRC, your uni is one of the very very few privileged enough to have direct access to all of Web of Science.

Obviously they are their own evil empire of sorts, but frankly that's even better data than Google Scholar's in many cases, especially if you want to follow citation chains! (And, well, avoiding that evil empire is next to impossible at this point, since it's basically the entire contemporary publishing landscape...)

@pence Yes, we have full access. I've worked at a small university where we could only dream of this. And yet, it doesn't really help with some of my exploratory research (0 results for a query that would yield ~100 hits in GS because the latter relies on full-text). Probably I will have to use general web search for the first step.

@SylviaFysica You know this already but perhaps for the benefit of others reading this thread: under each paper indexed in [PhilPapers]( there are "References found in this work", "Citations of this work", and "Similar books and articles" lists that might be useful for discovery.

@SylviaFysica base (knowlwdgemaps always fun to try first)

Much depends on the scientific domain.

Not sure what alex provides, but worth a look (open source replacement of micrososft academics)

Try asking your librarian

Just checked is only seaechable via an api at the moment, but it will probabky become better than ggsch soon

@SylviaFysica I use duckduckgo, semantic scholar, searx, and base academic search engine. So far no complaints :)

@esty It's going to take some time for me to settle on a new set of go-to tools, but that sounds like a balanced routine. :LeVarLike:

@porsupah Only heard about that one yesterday. It's nice to learn about all these resources!

@SylviaFysica It's proven wonderfully useful on several occasions! Sometimes finding new papers of relevance, sometimes simply trying to find an open access version in some other journal, or even occasionally on one co-author's own site.

@aspensmonster It sure is useful if you already know what you're looking for. My question was prompted by the discovery phase (who has already written a paragraph on a niche topic from a different field).

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