On Google Scholar

12.07.2004

Quantum Sufficit

It strikes me that most of the harshest criticism of Google Scholar focuses on things that aren't all that important to Jo(e) Undergraduate. Critics seem, for the most part to be ignoring the propensity for satisficing.

A simple search yields applicable results, many of which (if you are on campus) are available in full-text. Is the search exhaustive? No. Are these the best books/articles for this topic? Maybe. Are there better ways/tools to execute the search? Absolutely.

But anyone who has worked a reference desk in the last few years probably knows that it might not matter.

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