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Google Scholar



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Educational value

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.

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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'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?


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

Subjects:Social Studies: events, exploration
Language & Reading: text analysis, using supporting evidence
Skills:Tech Skills: evaluating media messages, using and applying technology
Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, investigation
Genre:Browsing and Searching
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written byDrDreVEVO April 2, 2011

It's just a serach engine

It is Just a search engine, kids use it all the time and it is apprpritae for ages:6-older beacause it is like bing yahoo, or msn so let your kids go on any search eingene they want.
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Parent of a 17 year old Written byJohn Ms........... March 16, 2011

Perfect for older kids, but not for tweens

I love it .And user can choice if he or she make part a group.
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Parent of a 6 year old Written byebaysolutions May 25, 2009

Great site

I wish I had this resource back in high school and college writing papers. So tedious it was spending money on copy machines, micro fiche, going to the library, buying cliff notes, etc....really helps expedite the process. Amazon tries to compete with their resources and reviews on books. the eBay great solution dot com will help with free reviews, resources, tips.