Library Databases Vs. Google Search
Google is a great tool for a quick search to get some basic information. You can use it to find an organization’s web site, see when a movie is playing, find a recipe, etc. However, Google should not be used in place of the Library Databases for scholarly research:
- Search results differ for each person (results are based on your browsing history, geographic location and Google account information).
- Google gives priority to sites that have the most links from other sites. They are not based on specific subject keywords.
- There are too many results and you cannot sort them.
- The top results are often paid ads sponsered by a company.
- Results are usually not from a scholarly source. Many pages are not from a reliable (academic) source.
- It is possible that you may find a scholarly source (i.e. from Google Scholar), but it is unlikely that you will have free access to it.