Answered By: Amy Krug
Last Updated: Jun 03, 2015     Views: 6392

Google Scholar is a resource for finding research articles but articles selected by students should be evaluated using the following criteria:   The articles in Google Scholar come from articles posted to the Internet which could be for a variety of reasons and in a variety of ways.   The articles may not be the final version of record since often publishers restrict researchers from posting the published version of the article for free on the Internet. 

Another issue is availability of the full text of the articles through Google Scholar.    If the full text is not available via Google Scholar, students should be encouraged to check for the full text in a library database.  They can do so by looking up the journal name at this link

For students, I think it may be more efficient in the long run to use library databases since we know the sources are reliable and they can get access to the full text by checking the full text box.  With Google Scholars, students may not be using the best articles since they may only use articles that are available to read.  

We will look at creating a guide or FAQ for Google Scholar to help students and faculty understand the pros and cons of GS as a research tool.  

Thanks for your question.