Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine and contains roughly 389 million documents making it the world’s largest academic search engine. It indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an arrangement of publishing formats and courses of study. Hence, it provides a simple way to search for academic literature broadly and is open to the public, unlike other specialized research databases. It has its particular strengths and is a superb search engine.
Uses of Google Scholar
1.Groups and access to literature
Its “group of” feature leads us directly to the available links of the journal articles we need. Google has incorporated lots of journals dating from the early 20th century and older, making these journals fully searchable by the public. Hence, it is an excellent tool for research-based work as it provides quite a vast database.
2.Science and Technology articles
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, the Association for Computing Machinery, and PubMed are in partnership with Google Meet. Hence, technical, scientific, and medical courses of study are all available in Google scholar. It provides the most relevant results for scientific keywords as the journals are always kept up to date. New materials related to social sciences and humanities are also inserted into the database, and article citations from databases such as Project Muse and Ingenta are also available in this superb search engine.
3.Citation analysis and tools
The “cited by” feature of Google Scholar provides access to a list of references under each source. It also provides links so that citations can be copied or imported. Google Scholar can also automatically evaluate and display the individual’s total citation count. Each paper list has a “cited by” link, and clicking it leads to Google’s citation analysis-all. The pages directing to the original one listed are shown. Hence these citation features make searching easier, providing complete details of the origin of the data.
4.Patents and legal documents
A legal documents button under the main Google Scholar search boxnarrows our results by state and the court simply by clicking. It recently added the capability to include patents in an article search, and the legal database of cases is extensive. Searching for legal documents is relatively easy through Google scholar, and users can read published opinions of Supreme Court cases and state appellate since 1950. Clickable citation links are also provided within the chance to research prior case law and the subsequent citations to the court resolution.
5.Open access journals
Library databases might not have many resources available such as pre-print repositories or full text of articles from open access journals. Still, both of these are available in Google scholar. Its “Related articles” feature also showcases a list of closely related articles, similar to the actual result. Hence, one can collect data from several journals providing the solid groundwork for research-based tasks.The relevance of each paper to the original search is also noteworthy as it doesn’t provide us with a bunch of random articles rather useful ones and related to the subject we are looking for.