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Check this out GoogleScholar

  1. Nov 9, 2009 #1
    My friend showed this to me the other day. I think it is a great idea.
    http://scholar.google.com/" [Broken]

    It makes searching for references and sources for research much, much easier.
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  3. Nov 9, 2009 #2


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    I've been using Scholar for a few years, most of the time it is more convenient than e.g. Web of Science and it is also much, much faster.

    So yes, it is a great resource.
  4. Nov 9, 2009 #3
    I guess I'm behind the curve then, but I'm happy that it is available.
  5. Nov 9, 2009 #4
    Does it contain all the things the standard databases do? Someone told me a few days ago that to get an overview "you may want to just use Google, or, marginally better, Scholar". I got the impression I should stick to my university database.
  6. Nov 9, 2009 #5


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    No, it it not quite as good as INSPEC and the others. But most of the time it is good enough, which is not bad considering it is a free resource.

    Another advantage is that the search engine is quite flexible and fast, I personally think the interface is more intuitive than e.g. web of science etc.

    And again, the fact that is just a single click away (if you add the scholar icon to the google toolbar) is a big plus. Login into Web of Science takes a while, at least were I work now.
  7. Nov 9, 2009 #6
    In school we were always shown to use Google scholar or the school databases so I can't compare it to other 'academic search engines' but I do know that it worked really well for the research I've done.
  8. Nov 9, 2009 #7
    Science Direct pwns all.
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