Teacher Review for Google Scholar

Academic search tool opens students' eyes to the ongoing conversation about (issue/topic)

Jackie S.
Classroom teacher
University High School
Fresno, CA
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My Grades 10
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
Students use Google Scholar as a way to get past the vast pool of 'hits' from a general Google search. Students appreciate that they don't have to do quite as much work verifying a website's credibility. Frustration may set in as students realize they don't have access to all of the articles/books.
My Take
Using Google Scholar (especially when searching by date) allows students to see the ongoing conversation they are entering when writing a response to an issue. I like that it sparked thinking and helped students to see several current perspectives on an issue. An option to only search available full text / abstracts would be helpful to those without access to a university library.