Microsoft Corp. has announced the beta release of its Windows Live Academic Search service in seven countries. The new search service is designed to help students, researchers, and university faculty conduct research across academic journals. The program is a cooperative effort between Windows Live Search, industry association CrossRef, and more than 10 publishers. The initial beta release will target the subjects of computer science, electrical engineering and physics, and the company is working with multiple organizations to bring new subjects online in the near future.
Windows Live Academic Search will offer peer-reviewed content from scholarly societies such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and publishers Elsevier and John Wiley & Sons Inc. Windows Live Academic Search can be found at the Website and will provide English-language results in select global markets. The Windows Live Academic Search beta is designed to enable consumers to search through thousands of academic journals. Innovations in the user interface and sorting functionality have been designed to help consumers find information faster. Key user features include: a preview pane, which allows customers to see the abstract of a result by hovering their mouse over the result; the ability to group and sort results by author, journal, conference, and date; Citation support in two major bibliographic formats, which enables customers to compile citations; author "live links" that will automatically connect to the search results of articles associated with a particular author by clicking on the hyperlink of the author's name; a detail slider, which allows consumers to control the amount of information they see in the search results; direct links to publishers' published version, which allows customers to access the full text of the article if they are on the network of the institution that subscribes to the full text; and support for macros, which allow customers to fine tune their search results, and RSS so that consumers can be alerted when new information on a topic or author that they care about becomes available, which can be added to a customer's Live.com page, will be coming in the following weeks.
The beta service is now available with English versions in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and Australia. Additional markets and content will be added throughout the beta period.