The first component that received considerable attention in LIS 750 was scholarly literature research tools. During this, the class focus turned to an evaulation of three of the more popular search tools available: Google Scholar, Academic Search by Microsoft, and the Web of Knowledge by Thomson Reuters. While all three varied some in function and user interface, all three provided an excellent means to search for scholarly literature in a variety of ways.
As future librarians and information professionals, the ability to locate scholarly literature and then evaluate the entry/author/publication is important, both to support our own work and to assist patrons and colleagues. Not only did this component of the class give an introduction to scholarly searching, but it also provided an environment for the evaluation of user interfaces. Never will all desired answers be found within a single setting; the ability to evaluate and get the most from a variety of user interfaces will be extremely important.