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Outdated results may appear at the top of the results list.