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Master of Management - UBC Okanagan

Advantages and disadvantages of Google Scholar

Similar to regular Google, Google Scholar is a free search engine, but it's used primarily for academic materials. Instead of searching everything that's been published online (like Google does), Google Scholar finds materials from publishers, universities or scholarly websites. 

Read the infographic below to get a better understanding of what's great about Google Scholar and what some of its limitations are. 

Pros and cons of Google Scholar infographic

Get the full text: Connect Google Scholar to UBC Library

One of the disadvantages with Google Scholar is that you may not have access to the full text. One great workaround is to connect Google Scholar to the UBC library. This will let you know which of the results can be found through UBC and even includes a UBC eLink. Generally, you only need to connect it to the library once. Watch the video below to show you exactly how to link up Google Scholar.