Is it OK to use Google Scholar to find evidence when writing assignments?

Answered By: Richard Fallis
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2015     Views: 31

Google Scholar searches sources such as academic publishers and universities for peer-reviewed articles, theses, books and other resources.

Google Scholar is useful for doing quick topic searches. However, to do a thorough literature search, focused on a specific subject area, with the option of limiting search results by a variety of criteria, it is better to use a database subscribed to by Queen's (often, these are the databases that your tutors will prefer you to use). For information on subscribed databases, check out the LibGuide relevant to your subject area.

Also, Google Scholar may take you to versions of journal websites where you have to pay for articles, particularly if you are using a PC or device at home, whereas searching databases via the Library website or LibGuides at home lets you access subscribed content for free.

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