Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

A free service launched by Google in November 2004 that allows users to search the Internet for scholarly literature across many disciplines using the company’s proprietary search software. According to Google, search results are ranked by relevance using an algorithm that examines the full-text of the work, its author(s), the publication in which the article appeared, and how many times the work has been cited in other scholarly literature. Currently in beta test, Google Scholar provides access to abstracts, peer-reviewed papers, periodical articles, theses, and books from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, university intranets, and other scholarly organizations. For libraries with holdings listed in the OCLC WorldCat database, Google Scholar provides a link for each book retrieved to the corresponding bibliographic record in WorldCat. Libraries that use a link resolver have the option of including links to their full-text resources in Google Scholar search results. In March 2006, College & Research Libraries reported that by the summer of 2005, 24% of the 113 university members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) had added Google Scholar to the alphabetical list of indexes and databases on their library Web site. For a review of Google Scholar as a research tool, see “Studying Google Scholar: Wall to Wall Coverage?” by Joann M. Wleklinski in the May/June 2005 issue of ONLINE. Click here to connect to the Google Scholar homepage.


reference: ABC-CLIO