Meta Moment on “Bing Scholar”August 26, 2010
As far as I can tell, there is no Bing Scholar. Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, does work with Wolfram Alpha to supply answers to factual & mathematical questions, and has a “Bing University” search, but they don’t have the complex agreements with multiple scholarly publishers that Google Scholar does, allowing them to index scholarly journal articles.
But a fair number of people seem to wish there was a Bing Scholar, based on the searches that lead people to my blog. These include:
- bing google scholar
- bing scholar
- bing scholar search
- use bing to search for scholarly article
- google scholar for bing
- scholar bing
- google scholar like bing
- microsoft bing scholar
- is there a google scholar on bing
I especially like the last one, which demonstrates how thoroughly the Google brand is attached to scholarly article searches online. It’s like saying, “Can I buy a Big Mac at Burger King?”
So far, Google is still the only major search engine with Big Macs Scholar.