35 – Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.

Google Scholar’s presence on the list over the last 7 years has fluctuated significantly. This year it is at its highest position.

Website Cost Availability
 scholar.google.com Free Online
RANKINGS
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
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Comments from some of those who selected Google Scholar as one of their Top Tools 

“When doing research, my first stop is usually Google Scholar. The results provide a list of journal articles and papers, rather than the typical anything-goes search results. Often, the articles are free PDF files from a university or open journal or provided by the author. Other articles must be accessed from an academic database or from a university library. Google Scholar is a valuable resource for finding research-based articles.” Connie Malamed, 2014

“for research”  Cameron Bentley 2013
“When wikipedia isn’t enough”  Shakir Ahmad 2013
“great research for general and legal articles”  Debra Lee 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“I start my literature searches here (citation rating is especially useful) and just wish it was better integrated with the substantial digital library that comes through my university.” Frances Bell

“provides a quick way to perform a surface search of academic literature, and assess peer validation of resources.” Pat Parslow

“with a limited access to a libraries database, this site has offered a wonderful first step toward advanced research” Bill Jackson

“in my mind, Google Scholar has made most library tools obselete. It has really taken reference checking to the next level” Daniel Lemire

“I search through my university’s library with Google Scholar” Joan Vinall-Cox