What happened to Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar? Easily explained

Google Scholar is a search engine for academic texts. Google Scholar lists what remains hidden behind payment barriers in normal Google searches and guides you to the relevant publishers. We explain the advantages of Google Scholar and how the search engine works.

Google Scholar - search engine for academic texts

Google Scholar is special software for searching scientific literature. This is intended to make it easier for academics to access various sources.

  • For example, asking for a specific topic searches works, quotes, and summaries. Books or other sources can then be viewed.
  • The search for specific research areas can also be configured. The articles are sorted by Google according to relevance and then presented according to a ranking system that is similar to web search.
  • Sources include doctoral, seminar or diploma theses as well as books or sources from academic publishers or universities.

Publisher and Google Scholar

Google Scholar is not only relevant for students or scientists. The platform also plays a role for publishers.

  • Google Scholar works with academic publishers, for example, to index certain works and implement them in Google Scholar's research.
  • The basic goal of Google Scholar is to present information from the Internet, which is actually only displayed after a registration and is available for a fee, in a search engine.
  • There is a wide range of literature on offer: there are free and paid works.

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