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Google Scholar

How to research using Google Scholar
Google Scholar Search
What is Google Scholar? 

Google Scholar is a federated search engine that provides links to full-text articles to which Pearson College Library Service subscribes as well as articles made freely available by the publisher.

Google Scholar also provides articles, conference proceedings and other academic publications from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and scholarly articles posted on the web. 

Advantages 
Disadvantages
  • Familiar and relatively simple to use
     
  • Search for a wide variety of materials including articles, books, "grey literature" like conference proceedings 
     
  • See articles related to the one that might interest you, how many times an article has been cited and by whom, and provides citations for articles in a number of styles.
     
  • Links to articles and books provided by Pearson College Library Services
     
  • Save both citations and articles to read later.
  • Coverage is wide-ranging but not comprehensive. Google Scholar can be a research source, but should not be the only source you use.
     
  • Does not provide the criteria for what makes its results "scholarly". Results are often vary in quality and it is up to the researcher to determine which of the results are suitable for their purposes.
     
  • Cannot filter results by "peer-reviewed only" or "full text" or by discipline
     
  • Does not provide notice of when its materials are updated.
     
  • Citation tracker can be difficult to use and inaccurate.
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