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About Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar provides you a very simple way to broadly search for scholarly works. With Google Scholar, you can search articles, theses, books and abstracts from publishers, online repositories, universities and others. Google Scholar helps you find relevant and accurate information across the world of scholarly research.

Google Scholar is a great place to begin with, but should not be the only place you search. Use it in addition to USEK Library catalog and Electronic Resources.

Features of Google Scholar:

  • Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place.
  • Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications.
  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web.
  • Keep up with recent developments in any area of research.
  • Check who's citing your publications, create a public author profile.

Pros of Google Scholar

  1. Indexes a wide range of scholarly literature.
  2. Searching is free.
  3. Easy to use if you are familiar with Google.
  4. Google algorithm ranks relevance for you.

Cons of Google Scholar

  1. Can't search by subject area or material type.
  2. No full-text access to most articles.
  3. Very limited filters.
  4. Content not organized by experts.

Reference and Outreach Librarian

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Elham Abdallah
USEK Library
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)
P. O. Box: 446
Jounieh, Lebanon
Subjects: Law, Reference

Screenshots Attribution

All screenshots used in this research guide are taken from Google Scholar for instructional purpose.