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

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

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

Findings

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.

Originality/value

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

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Citation

Kesselman, M. and Barbara Watstein, S. (2005), "Google Scholar™ and libraries: point/counterpoint", Reference Services Review, Vol. 33 No. 4, pp. 380-387. https://doi.org/10.1108/00907320510631535

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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