Google Scholar

Common Sense Media says

Google scores with scholarly search engine.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

No ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Web search engine from Google is limited to scholarly works and contains no ads. There's no inappropriate content, but the material indexed is too challenging for younger users.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • text analysis
  • using supporting evidence

Social Studies

  • events
  • exploration

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • investigation

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This easy-to-use resource can help students effectively and efficiently find credible information. Authors can also get valuable feedback on the best publications to query and how successful their articles and other works are.

Learning Approach

Students can easily find citation-worthy materials to use for assignments. They'll be able to see examples of how a wide number of topics are treated in different formats, writing styles, and publications.

Support

Metrics show the most popular publications for a variety of topics based on citation amounts, which can help with research and article submission. A separate Google Search Education site features videos, activities, and lesson plans.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • text analysis
  • using supporting evidence

Social Studies

  • events
  • exploration

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • investigation

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn about finding citation-friendly resources and practice reading and research skills. Frequently cited publications are listed by language and topic -- including business, chemical, material, health and medical sciences, literature and the arts, physics and math, and social sciences. Students will find useful information in a concise format and can track who cites items that they've written, helping them to recognize and produce stronger content. Google Scholar is a smart way for teens to locate credible material for paper and report writing, general research, and other school projects.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

An academic offshoot of the Internet giant, GOOGLE SCHOLAR enables Web users to search for scholarly literature on their research topic of choice. Just enter keywords, and the search engine will turn up links to journal articles, academic papers, books, and other resources. In some cases, the publication's full text is available online, while in others, Google Scholar will locate an online or print version that can be accessed through a local library (usually at a college or university).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Comprehensive, user-friendly, and free, Google Scholar is an excellent tool for high school students who are getting their first taste of academic research. Search listings also include links for "related articles" and "cited by," two features that may help users expand or narrow down their inquiry. Combining the ease of a search engine with the quality and reliability of a library, Google Scholar blends the best features of both worlds.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about online research. How is Google Scholar different from regular search engines? How do you know when an online source is trustworthy? What does it mean when an academic article or study is "peer reviewed?"

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old October 22, 2009
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Great resource

Great for writing papers! VERY INFORMATIONAL! Reccomended, very few issues! and once again, great!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byAshoo19 March 13, 2010
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14
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Kid, 10 years old January 9, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

No Way!

Google is an inappropriate searcher. There is so many bad and insecure pictures! If found a pic that had so many bad words! And really it's iffy for my age. When it comes to Google you have to watch out.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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