Discovery in Real-Life: Observation from the Field

A real search observed yesterday:

  1. Informed library user working in Central European Time (CET) does a Google Scholar search with library links enabled.
  2. User follows the SFX links to get the official full-text.
  3. Two databases have the full-text; user clicks each link, to major databases.
  4. The first database link is broken, the second database is being updated (the time: around 6AM Eastern Standard Time…noon CET, peak working time for the user).
  5. User tries to go directly through the second database to compensate for the broken link. That database is also being updated.
  6. User gives up the official search path and goes to Sci-Hub. Full-text retrieved within seconds.




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