What we love about Google Scholar: Who DOESN'T love Google: powerful, fast, and bountiful!
What drives us crazy about Google Scholar: Many of the articles in Google Scholar are not full-text unless you pay money. Hint: We have found that citations with a "PDF" on the right side of the screen usually are full-text.
Not able to find the full-text for free? E-mail the citation (the basic information) to me, and we will try to track down the article. Never pay for an article! If we can't get it for free, we might be able to pay for it, but you should never pay for an article!
Google News aggregates headlines from news sources worldwide, groups similar stories together and displays them according to each reader's personalized interests.
When doing a search in Google News, notice:
"Sections" on the left side of the page. These are similar to different sections you would see in a print newspaper. For example, if you are interested in the economics of dementia, you might limit your search to the Business section. Note that there are more sections than appear by default. Click "add a section" in the upper right corner for more choices.
Results Display. Google uses a complex formula to identify the order of the results. You should not assume the most recent results are at the top of the list -- they are more likely to be the most "popular."
Similar Articles. If you find an interesting article and want to see more like it, click the double "up arrow" icon next to the story to get related articles.
Text adopted from UC San Diego Library
Adapted from the Meriam Library, California State University, Chico
Currency: Timeliness of the information
When was the information published or posted? Has the information been revised or updated? Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Who is the intended audience? Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs?) Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?
Authority: The source of the information
Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor? What are the author’s credentials or organization affiliations? Is the author qualified to write on the topic? Does the url say anything about the source?
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
Where does the information come from? Is the information supported by evidence? Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade? Do the authors make their intentions or purpose clear? Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda? Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
When you come across articles like this you want to keep five things in mind:
There are a number of very good fact checking websites out there that I go to when someone sends me an email, posts something on social media, or tells me a "true" story that gives me pause
Adapted from Web Literacy for Fact Checkers by Michael A. Caulfield.
American Anthropological Association. Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology.
Anthropology Resources on the Internet. From the American Anthropological Association.
Anthropology Resources on the Internet. From the Virtual Library.
Cultural Anthropology Tutorials. From Palomar College.