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Google Scholar is a great tool, but it's not perfect.
Some concerns scholars and librarians have expressed include:
Want to learn more? Here are a couple of review articles discussing some of these drawbacks in more detail:
Our recommendation? Use Google Scholar, by all means! There's simply no other tool out there that is as comprehensive and effective at scanning and surfacing items from across the scholarly landscape. But it is absolutely essential to think critically about the information you find. Consider the author, the publisher, and the content of each resource carefully.
For more help with this, see our Evaluating your sources guide. You can also ask the Library for help if you're not certain about the credibility of a particular resource.