The Pros and Cons of Using Google Scholar
Pros: Google Scholar combines the ease of Google with access to scholarly materials. Google Scholar searches the Web for scholarly articles, abstracts and books, but not popular magazine, newspaper or Internet articles. It allows you to search multiple formats across multiple disciplines in one search.
Cons: Google Scholar doesn’t access everything in the library’s subscription databases, especially the most current information. Not everything is peer-reviewed, nor can you search or filter by peer-review status. Full- text versions of many items indexed by Google Scholar are not available for free through the Internet; however, many are accessible through the LMU Library website.
The Bottom Line: Google Scholar is a great place to begin your search, but should not be the only place you search. Think of it as a resource you can use in addition to the LMU Library catalog and databases.
Google Scholar allows you to use the Google search engine to look for scholarly articles instead of browsing the entire web. Look in the bottom left of each result to see the number of times the article has been cited by others.
If a search result indicates [BOOK], see if it is available through the LMU Library.
Video #1 (2:22 minutes)
Learn about the pros and cons of using Google Scholar for your scholarly searches.
Video #2 (2:00 minutes)
Learn how to link your LMU account to Google Scholar so that you may find articles and books.