In scientific circles, papers are published and released in peer-reviewed journals. Scientists write up their latest research, and those papers are made available for others in the field to read, comment upon, and validate. You can find papers on many subjects in the Google Scholar search tool. Since my wife is on a health food kick (and kicking and screaming, so am I), I typed in “tofu” and sorted by date to find:

In a word: “Yuck”.

The phrase “Sports Medicine” turned up, “Bone remodelling biomarkers after whole body cryotherapy (WBC) in elite rugby players” and “Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Using Modified Mason-Allen Medial Row Stitch Knotless Versus Knot-Tying Suture Bridge Technique“.

Searching on “lady gaga” showed, “H-France Review Vol. 12 (September 2012), No. 128 Edward Berenson and Eva Giloi, eds., Constructing Charisma: Celebrity, Fame, and Power in Nineteenth- …” and “Hierarchy in Pop Culture| Interrogating the Intersections of Racial Appropriation and Feminist Discourse in the Performances of Fergie, Gwen Stefani, and Lady Gaga

My thirst for knowledge doesn’t travel the same path as Lady Gaga and her meat suits. My interests lie in the field of information security and computer controls, and I use Google Scholar to send me new articles on the subjects that interest me:

The keyphrase “information security” lists “Risk Assessment of the Bank’s Noncompliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard” reviewed for the “Central European Conference on Information and Intelligent Systems, CECIIS, 23rd International Conference 2012″. Also listed: “The state of play with information security governance” written for InFinance: The Magazine for Finsia Members and the sexy sounding “Conference 8542C: Quantum-Physics-Based Information Security“.

I have used Google Scholar for the past few months in an attempt to stay on top of truly “new” ideas and concepts from the information security, risk and governance areas as written by scholars – students and professionals, from across the world.

I have built up a small cache of articles with names like “An Integrative Model of Information Security Awareness”, “Android Forensics-a Physical Approach”, “Corporate information security education – Is outcomes based education the solution”, and “Empirical Study to Analyse Security on the Basis of Boundary Edges”.

Google Scholar search costs exactly the same as the regular google search. For a change, I don’t have to conclude with “…and you get what you pay for”, because this search engine is a treasure trove of information available for the casual browser or one who is focused on researching a single topic.