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CM 405B - Nonverbal Communication: Google Scholar

The Pros & Cons of Google Scholar


  • Searches scholarly articles, books, conference papers and other materials all in one search
  • Can be linked with libraries
  • Links directly to Google Books
  • Links directly to cited or citing articles
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Good replacement for when there is no access to scholarly sources


  • May not be current or comprehensive
  • Less precise than academic databases
  • Does not search beyond a pay wall
  • May not cover older publications, particularly those not published electronically. (If it is not on the Internet Google cannot find it).
  • Many records only available as summary / abstract
  • Results ranked by algorithm which favors frequently-cited references.
    • Bias towards older references.
  • Updates to existing records take 6-9 months to a year or longer.

Integrating Beeghly Resources into Google Scholar

1. Click on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the browser window.

Location to click for Google Scholar Menu Options

2. Select the option for  "Settings" link from side panel.

Option Menu for Google Scholar

2. Click the library links option on the left hand side of the screen.

3. Type "Juniata College" into the search box and hit enter. "Beeghly Library -- Juniata College - Find It @ Juniata" should appear below the search box. Click the check box and hit save.

4. Now when you search in Google Scholar, you should see "Find It @ Juniata" in your results. When you click that link, it will take you into AtoZ Journals and Newspapers and show options for databases access.