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Google Scholar FYI

A few of the con's:

    • Searches are not case sensitive.
      • Keywords may be entered in lower or upper case or a combination of both.
      • Boolean operator AND is assumed.
    • Word order matters.
      • The first word of the search string is ranked higher than the second, which is ranked slightly higher than the third, and so on.
    • Google uses automatic word stemming.
      • Google does not allow wildcards to be used for variable ends of words. e.g. Islam? can not search Islamic, Islamists.
    • Not all content Google Scholar searches is peer reviewed.
    • You may be prompted to pay for articles depending on their origin.
    • We do not know how much Google Scholar searches. Speculation, however, is that library databases provide access to more.

A few of the pro's:

    • Searches are submitted using natural language.
    • Google Scholar also provides links to articles that are “Cited By” and “Related Articles.”
    • Google Scholar's Advanced Search helps you construct a more complex search.
      • Limit to discipline, date range, journal name, author
    • Open access literature is included in search results.
      •   QSpace OA content is included.
    • Google Scholar can be customized to include @your library links to full text documents.