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There may be times when Google Scholar is suitable, and times when you should choose a different database to search.
Review the major advantages and disadvantages of Google Scholar to help answer these questions, so that you can choose the most effective means to finding what you need for your scholarly research.
Google Scholar provides an easy way to search broadly for scholarly literature across a range of disciplines and topics. As with a general Google search, Google Scholar attempts to bring the more relevant results to the top of the results list.
Google Scholar can be useful when searching:
Google Scholar can also help you quickly identify who is publishing in your area of research.
Drawbacks to Google Scholar include:
If you need advanced features or recent articles, try one of the databases the library subscribes to. Our subject guides can help you select an appropriate database.