SHERPA SearchSearch SHERPA Repositories | Search All UK Repositories | OpenDOAR Global Search
SHERPA is pleased to present a trial search service for the full-text of material held in UK open access repositories, as listed in OpenDOAR. This has been made possible through the recent launch by Google of its Custom Search Engine, which allows SHERPA to define a search service based on all UK repository contents.
Users of these services can search through all UK repositories of freely available research information, with the assurance that each of these repositories has been assembled by these institutions for the purposes of disseminating academically relevant research information. This quality controlled approach will minimise (but not eliminate!) spurious or junk results, and lead more directly to useful and relevant information. Such searches will draw on content from all UK Open Access repositories. For research purposes, a global search might be more appropriate. OpenDOAR provides such a global search service.
This service does not use the OAI-PMH protocol, or the metadata held within repositories. Instead, it relies on Google's indexes, which in turn rely on repositories being suitably structured and configured for the Googlebot web crawler. If you are an administrator and your material is not being retrieved, first check that your repository is listed in OpenDOAR. If it is listed, you may need to review your set-up against Google's Guidelines for Webmasters and see the related pages in the Webmaster Help Center, especially the FAQ on how Google crawls sites.