65 – Google Scholar

DOWN 26 places in 2020

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search broadly for scholarly literature.

Website: scholar.google.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

Ranking on the 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning:
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning:
Top 100 Tools for
Education: 33

Overall rankings in the 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 65 2019: 39 2018: 51 2017: 40 2016: 60 2015: 43 2014: 28
2013: 35 2012: 52 2011: – 2010: 66 2009: – 2008: 42 2007: 36

Comments from some of those who selected Google Scholar as one of their top tools

“Great for sourcing …everything! From tracking down academic work via Scholar to finding out who said that quote, to new resources.” Dawn Sillett, Learning & Development consultant and trainer, UK, 2020

“For me [Google is] usually the start of everything. Either using the front page, Google Scholar or talk to books search, as soon as I get the right question it’s an excellent way to start the curation process.” Conrado Schlochauer, Consultant/Speaker/Researcher, Brazil, 2020

“Search for scientific publications” College Professor, Spain, 2019

“As a researcher, I find this is an invaluable tool. The fact that you can also access an accurate citation of the sources is also very useful.” Lecturer, UK, 2019

“There I can find professional information about my university stuff – no “normal” Google stuff like informal newspaper articles or blogs, but just peer reviewed scientific articles and studies.” Student/HR Intern, Germany, 2019

Quick Guide to Google Scholar 

Here you will find some basic guidance and some links to resources on how to use Google Scholar for teaching, training, learning and development.

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