On Google Scholar

11.22.2004

Wonky WorldCat results

One of the problems I've noticed with some of the Open WorldCat records that are turning up in Scholar is that some amount of FRBR-like de-duping is taking place. Unfortunately, the copy that is floating to the top in many instances is the Audiobook.

For example, a search in WorldCat for the book Moneyball reveals 5 print editions (two of which are foreign language, one of which is a large print edition and the other two seem to my (non-cataloger) eyes to be bad authority work are the hardcover and paperback editions) and 5 audio versions (an Audible record, two cassettes and two cd's - more bad authority work(?)).

A Google Scholar search returns one record. But it happens to go directly to one of the Books on Tape records. I wonder how many people are using the request feature without paying very much attention and being a bit surprised when they are handed a cd from the Circ. Desk.

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