On Google Scholar

2.01.2005

Library Journal - Google in the Academic Library

Carol Tenopir weighs in from the academic perspective.
While graduate students and faculty still need the commercial systems, undergraduates may find all they want on Google Scholar, at least with regard to science and medical topics.

And this I love, from a detractor:
Karen Blakeman, director, RBA Information Services, "would like to see a list of sources" included. Her experiences with Google Scholar have been disappointing because of missing power search features: a consistent, controlled vocabulary (or even access to vocabularies that exist in NLM-PubMed records); the ability to search on fields like ISBN; and sorting by publisher, author, or dates.
How many of your students are lamenting the lack of these features?

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