Mar 22, 2010

Google Scholar's double edged sword


Google Scholar (GS) is an often-used tool by researchers and academics, but many question its accuracy, appropriateness and relevancy. Here are two articles that illustrate the pro's and con's of Google's free answer to a proprietary, academic database:

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=jep;view=text;rgn=main;idno=3336451.0009.105

http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6698580.html?q=jacso

The short answer, for those of you in a hurry? GS can be a very useful tool, provided you're aware of some of its limitations. If you choose to use it, don't just take the results at face value. Verify your results the way you would any other data to be used in a test or research study.

And as always, the library is available to help you with your literature, subject or citation searches, as well as any other research you may have pending. Call 3-5762 to speak to a reference librarian or 3-5761 to reach the circulation desk.