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Why we should teach Google Scholar

Despite its limitations and accompanying criticism, Google Scholar is the most commonly used article searching tool. Now it is time to recognize the impact of the academic search engine and teach students how to use it.

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Angel Herráez about 2 years ago

Thanks for this reflection and call to attention, Burak.

I always defend that we should not forbid or reject our students using new tools like Wikipedia and Google for their academic tasks, arguing that only the traditional, scholarly tools are reliable and professional. But rather, we need to accept reality, find the usefulness of the new tools (which young people will use no matter what we say) and, most important, educate the students on how to use the tools sensibly and profitably, how to discern, as you say, how and when to use versus how and when not to use them. Teach them abilities of discrimination and critical judgement, and also the tricks that they may not find on their own --like advanced search options.

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Ferhan Sagin about 2 years ago

Burak, congrats on such a neat and informative post! 

As you mention, Google Scholar provides an increased access to 'gray literature', as it retrieves more than journal articles. Although this questions the reliability of the tool, to be able to reach to conference proceedings, preprint archives and online collections of academic libraries may also be a great advantage.

This year is the 15th year of Google Scholar's launchment and your post 'scientifically' congratulates it through a 'when/how to use' and 'when/how not to use' format. 

I believe members of the FEBS Network will truly benefit from your critical evaluation of the tool.

Continue the good work :-)