Introduction of a special targeted search engine “Google Scholar” for academicians, scholars are assisting in bringing content upfront more relevant to their requirement.
It will continue to be more beneficial to scholar community, authors and users of open access and society at large provided it develops a strong collaboration between users and providers of academic information.
Popularity of specialized search services, such as Google Scholar, is an inevitable and welcome approach in the academic community for the simple logic that Google Scholar enables you to search content specifically for scholarly literature, including research results, review papers, thesis, books and abstracts from all areas of research and technology.
Students and researchers are using Google Scholar to find articles from a wide range of academic publishers, professional societies, repositories and universities, as well as research articles available across the web.
Google Scholar has a potential edge over some other existing search engines because it serves as a specialist with its existing advantages. It is like going to a specialist doctor for your ailment rather than going to a general physician. It makes your search more targeted and results more accurate.
Unavailability of concrete answers about the search results, lack of source description and ranking criteria is creating concerns about comprehensiveness of Google Scholar search results and is creating more doubts in minds of already sceptical academic audience which fears the possibility of results manipulation.
Some latest results have shown that Google Scholar has widened its coverage and enhanced its functionality over the years, as a result many from the academic fraternity has started trusting Google scholar more over. There are many different ways to search content across Google Scholar and other resources and the number results retrieved varies significantly between different resources, thus making data from these studies difficult to interpret as to which is better.
Though we cannot neglect the fact that in order to succeed further Google scholar will have to be updated and keep pace with expectation of its users and latest technological developments in order to be more useful to society.