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Google Scholar: About Google Scholar

This guide discusses the pros and cons of using Google Scholar and how to hook Google Scholar up to the Hennepin Technical College Library

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Pros of Google Scholar

  • Easy to use


  • Google Scholar will give you automatic citations (APA and MLA) for sources found.


  • Results are ranked considering who a document was written by and how often/how recently it has been cited by others.


  • Searches items most regular Internet search engines don't index like books, articles, technical reports, and more.

Cons of Google Scholar

  • Full text articles are often not available.


  • There is a lot of information on social science and humanities topics.  Better coverage is given to technology and hard sciences (i.e. physics, chemistry, biology, etc.)


  • Google Scholar searches only a portion of the academic literature, certainly not all of it.  It's difficult to know what is covered and what is not.  Google Scholar should not be used as a replacement for the Hennepin Technical College research databases.


  • Outdated results may appear at the top of the results list.