Google Scholar

About Google Scholar

Google Scholar uses the well known search engine Google which to give access to scholarly literature ranging from various subjects giving you access to full text articles and key links to books written in the area of search. The scholarly index gives you access to peer -reviewed books, journals and publishers. Although there is no subscription required to use Google scholar some information is access restricted and it may be possible to access it for free via institute establishment databases or on the other hand purchase the material.

Scholar at use

You may gain access to Google scholar via a link in Google then type in the search your area of interest and the results will come up. Not all materials listed can be granted full text/ free access and therefore you would need to follow the necessary link to get the publication.

Research suggests that while searching under scholar one would have to be selected as not all information are peer reviewed, the need to evaluate the source extracted form scholar is consequently necessary. In addition to this, many have critiqued the reliability of scholar source as citation may be poor and often not updated.

Google Scholar does provide considerate quality peer reviewed publication and indeed in comparison to commercial databases it is far better, however for the reasons mentioned above I would say this it is a good tool to develop ideas and gain a better comprehension on a particular subject however do treat the information with adequate evaluation particularly to the citation of source.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Scholar [Accessed 5 April 2005]
http://www.library.upenn.edu/research/schooglebasics.html [Accessed 5 April 2005]
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jep/3336451.0009.105?rgn=main;view=fulltext [Accessed 5 April 2005]

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