Google Scholar — and More

If you are looking for a way to search the web for scholarly research, Google Scholar trawls through billions of bits of data and delivers citations to your desktop. This is a great advance over traditional search engine searching, which can be erratic in quality and exhausting in quantity.

Hello? Libraries have been offering “better than Google” for years, and you don’t even have to make an actual trip to the library to take advantage of it. They offer extensive electronic scholarly databases free to the public.

There are several advantages to using a subscription database (paid for by your local library) as opposed to Google. These specialized products give targeted results, Boolean searching, all kinds of ways to limit results to manageable proportions, and satisfaction in knowing that your tax dollars are well spent.

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