Google Scholar: the pros and the cons

Péter Jacsó (University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii, USA)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Publication date: 1 April 2005



To identify the pros and the cons of Google Scholar.


Chronicles the recent history of the Google Scholar search engine from its inception in November 2004 and critiques it with regard to its merits and demerits.


Feels that there are massive content omissions presently but that, with future changes in its structure, Google Scholar will become an excellent free tool for scholarly information discovery and retrieval.


Presents a useful analysis for potential users of the Google Scholar site.



Péter Jacsó (2005) "Google Scholar: the pros and the cons", Online Information Review, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 208-214

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