Google Scholar compared to Web of Science. A Literature Review


Google Scholar
Web of Science
database features
research impact

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Mikki, S. (2009). Google Scholar compared to Web of Science. A Literature Review. Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education, 1(1).


Teaching information literacy at higher educational institutions forms the background for the current review. In order to provide an appropriate educational service for research scholars, Google Scholar is considered for teaching. To obtain insight into Google Scholar, it is compared to Web of Science (WoS), the most recognized database for peer reviewed content, well known to librarians and the research community. Both databases are multidisciplinary, provide links to library holdings and offer opportunities for export of references. In addition they have the powerful feature of tracking cited and citing items. The study aims at constructing a deeper understanding of Google Scholar. It is based on a literature review comparing database content, coverage and research impact measures.

Copyright (c) 2009 Susanne Mikki

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