Choice’s Choice, When Choosing How To Search For Science

This post was written by Darcy Katzman on October 19, 2010
Posted Under: Marketing Announcements,Reviews

Say that five times, fast. received some positive attention from (TCCL) and Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Choice) this week, in the form of an informative review on the features and functionality of and an award, respectively. For those individuals that have not seen for themselves, uses our federated search technology to further their vision to be  “the leading science research portal for students, librarians, researchers and scientists.” is the product of combining hundreds of science-related websites and scholarly journals into one user-friendly resource, with the capability to customize search needs.

As I have mentioned in my previous post, specialized search engines are the future of information retrieval. The idea of one search engine provider for all information is as far-fetched as the idea of one restaurant serving all the world’s food choices e.g Irish, Mediterranean, Cajun, etc. The quality of food, in this example, would have a hard time comparing to another restaurant that specializes in one particular style. This can relate to information retrieval as well. The more  information we have access to, the greater the need for specialized  tools that are focused on filtering and categorizing said information.

I came across another post that recognizes as an excellent information source. was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Website of 2009. October 2010 Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries . Choice is the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. Choice is also a publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

I am always delighted to read about 3rd party application reviews. These sites manage a very respectable reputation as opinion leaders in their industry.  S0 it is fantastic that they recognize the value our technology has.

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