Google Scholar™ and libraries: point/counterpoint

Martin Kesselman (Chang Library, Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA)
Sarah Barbara Watstein (UCLA Library, Los Angeles, California, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Publication date: 1 December 2005



The purpose of this article is to explore and expose some of the many facets of Google Scholar™ that have set the academic library world on edge. Google Scholar™'s impact on reference and information literacy is considered, as are the challenges it poses for the library's web site.


Includes opinions in a point/counterpoint format, as well as citations to recently published literature.


Provides arguments about ignoring or leveraging the teachings of Scholar Google™ in conjunction with teaching the library's various subscription databases available through the library's web site.


This paper fills an identified information need by offering original, practical advice to librarians.



Kesselman, M. and Barbara Watstein, S. (2005), "Google Scholar™ and libraries: point/counterpoint", Reference Services Review, Vol. 33 No. 4, pp. 380-387.

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