Syllabus searches in Webometric Analyst

You can use search engines to find online academic syllabi and course reading list that cite or mention academic publications with two simple queries. The first query should include citation details for your document as well as "course description" at the end to ensure that all matches are likely to be course descriptions. The first query should include citation details for your document as well as "syllabus" at the end to ensure that all matches are likely to be syllabi.

If you have a file of academic publications from the Web of Science or Scopus then Webometric Analyst can make the queries for you using the Make blog (or other site), PowerPoint and syllabus searches for Scopus/WoS data menu item in the Make Searches menu in the classic interface.

Once you have made your file, the quickest way to run the searches through Bing is to automatically submit them with Webometric Analyst. To do this, restart Webometric Analyst, select the Web Impact Report from the Wizard, enter your Azure key and wait for it to finish.

At the end of the searches, Webometric Analyst will have created a number of files and a mini-website. Ignore the mini-website and all of the files except the long results file.

The long results file created will contain some good matches and some bad matches. These need to be filtered to remove the webpages that are unlikely to be good matches. To do this, select Filter long results for syllabus mentions from the Utilities menu. The good results will be in the filtered file created. To convert this into a mini-website with counts of matches, select Make a Set of Standard Impact Reports from a Long Results File from the Reports menu and then select the filtered long results file, when prompted.

Papers using this as the main method:

Kousha, K. & Thelwall, M. (in press). An automatic method for assessing the teaching impact of books from online academic syllabi. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. doi:10.1002/asi.23542

Kousha, K. & Thelwall, M. (2008). Assessing the impact of disciplinary research on teaching:  An automatic analysis of online syllabusesJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology59(13), 2060-2069.