An article in the August 23 Los Angeles Times offers some insight on physicians’ use of the Internet and Google in daily practice.
While noting that “86% of doctors say they regularly use the Internet on the job,” Dr. Rahul K. Parikh reports that it “sometimes feels like cheating on an exam” and the results, even from Google Scholar, aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. He points out, for example, that Google Scholar pulls up old articles first because their algorithm gives greater weight to articles that are cited more. I didn’t know that!
Read the full story: In Practice: Dr. Google has mixed results