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Google Scholar

I run across a problem all the time when my students need to find information. They jump right to Google and pick the first thing that comes up. This tends to be Wikipedia, which generally gives good information, but when it comes to writing reports, it collects sources—many of them questionable—rather than provides them. So it does not make for good research papers.

But like so many things. Google is the cause and the answer to many of my problems. Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) is a search engine that searches only scholarly information on the net—papers written by people and not an anonymous army of contributors.

Give it a look sometime; there’s lots of good stuff to be found, written by real people. And when it comes to the internet, when can you say that?

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Comments on: "Google Scholar" (2)

  1. Google Scholar is also a great resource for finding case law. If students are learning about key court decisions like Dred Scott v. Sandford, they can go to Google Scholar and read the actual words the U.S. Supreme Court justices used. They can also see how it is subsequently cited.

  2. Lee Briggs said:

    thanks for making that point! so many social studies lessons can benefit from direct sources.

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