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Thursday, 5th November 2009

New Online: A Browsable List of All Magazines Available in Google Book Search Database

This is really great to see and something we've been wanting for a long time.

Remember, Google Book Search also includes some digitized magazines. Many people, including the ResourceShelf team have wanted to know the titles of the magazines/serials in the GBS database. In other words, we wanted a titles list or just some way of seeing all of the publications at one time.

Well, today is our lucky day. Nice work Google!

You can can browse the list (either in list or cover format) and then click to visit the magazine(s) of interest. You can also click the "about the magazine" link (one, two, or three lines below the magazine title) to see what what specific issues are available (organized by year). Another way to get to the same place is by clicking the "Browse All Issues" link (again, one, two, or three lines below the magazine title).

According to a post on Inside Google Book Search (a Google blog) there are 88 magazine available at the moment. We will have to go one by one to get the exact dates available for each title. It will be interesting to monitor how often and how many new titles are added to the list and if the backfiles of the 45 current titles grow larger. Score another one for Google listening to its users.

45 titles is a small amount compares to let's say a Gale/Cengage General OneFile (7100 full-text titles), ProQuest's ABI/Inform (Over 3,000 titles), or EBSCOhost's MasterFILE Premier (nearly 1700 titles) but I mention these comparisons for two reasons. First, don't count Google out of anything. These days if Google wants to "play" in magazines and serials, they will play and play hard, too. Just look at how Google is shaking-up the GPS device marketplace with the launch of Google Mobile Navigation. Second, for those readers who are not in the info/library profession, it's quite possible that you have 24x7x365 access to the databases (and many others for free) via your public, university, or special library.

OK, since we now have help with magazines, how about another challenge? A list of journals in the Google Scholar database. True, Google finds material through crawling the open web for "Scholar" content but they also work with publishers to make other content accessible. Even a list of titles and dates from these publishers would be a good start.

We will be on the lookout for new magazine titles, increases in backfiles of the 45 titles currently available, and a Google Scholar titles list. Stay tuned!

Source: Inside Google Book Search
Hat Tip: Larry
Hat Tip: Paula H.


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