Posts Tagged ‘library’

Excluding self-citation in Google Scholar


It seems that it is possible (to some extent at least) to exclude self-citation in Google Scholar, this is how:

  1. Search for author name in the usual way
  2. Click “cited by number
  3. Identify how Google Scholar represents the name you want to exclude in the hits (typically “A Name”)
  4. Add a standard Google query string which excludes the name you identified in point 3 to your current citation url in the following format &q=-“A Name”

A practical example of removing self-reference: Aspects of the theory of syntax by N Chomsky without self citation:“N Chomsky”

This reduces the original number of hits from “around 12,350” to “around 11,600”.

Perhaps this is useful? Feedback?


A web page for a library


One of the heads of departments at work asked for the web committee to approve a new web-page design* that featured a single search box. Take a look at the new page.

I felt that this design didn’t add much value: a single search box does ot equate to Google, which is so much more.

As a response, I created an example that I felt adds value to the interface. Add a ?strekke to see an alternative view.

WCAG v2 AAA, Section 508, XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS3 valid (except for the media query, but it should validate – it is valid according to the BNF of css 3). It should also work on iPhone, and preferably other phones too 🙂

A final example where I just threw everything into the mix, but I didn’t correct the source for validation.

*I have now quit the web committee.

Things the “Google generation” say

  1. I don’t use Firefox, it keeps updating itself [they used IE6 in 2009]
  2. [On the ‘phone] I’ve got a problem with Endnote on my laptop, I think that you should come to my house to fix it
  3. I’ll never remember that, it’s too difficult [the url to Google Scholar]
  4. Librarians don’t need to try and be so hip, no-one else uses social media
  5. I think it is a kind of CD-player. [Answer to me pointing to a picture of a cassette tape and asking “what is that?”]
  6. I’m only interested in articles [I was trying to explain that they needed to use the OPAC to get literature, but they associated that with “printed literature”, i.e. not online articles]
  7. According to the term paper instructions, I need to cite a book and two articles [I asked the question “is this for real?”, unfortunately, yes.]
  8. No, I only want printed articles because the lecturer said that the internet is not a good source of information [I was showing them the fulltext articles they were looking for]
  9. Err… What on Earth are you doing? [I was using the command line on their PC to move files]
  10. I want the library to keep printed journals so I can read the tables of contents [I gave up at this point]



I’m off to Internet Librarian International 2009 in London in October, I’ll be giving a session on some mobile stuff we’ve been doing at NTNU. I’m looking forward to this because I am currently passionate about two work-related things: mobile devices and linked data, and I’m getting to talk about both (the data model for our mobile platform is linked data).

There’s quite a lot of new stuff I’ll be talking about, aimed at librarians with some technical expertise (i.e. attend this if you work in a library and know what a web-browser looks like). I promise an interesting session for people who are jaded with institutional web-infrastructure management.

Hope to see you there 🙂