Exploring Google Scholar with a Summer Bridge Program

Submitted by Jennifer Masunaga on November 7th, 2018
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Short Description: 

This 30-minute activity demonstrates how to search in Google Scholar and explains how results are ranked. It requires students to explore Google Scholar and encourages students to reflect on potential biases this tool might have in regards to research. This lesson plan was Part 2 of an hour-long workshop that also included a 30 minute search engine algorithmic bias lesson. Please see Elisa Slater Acosta's page for part 1:

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Learning Outcomes: 

1. Students will be able to search Google Scholar in order to find scholarly and discipline specific sources for their information need.

2. Students will understand Google Scholar’s limitations and biases in order to critically evaluate their search results.

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Course Context (e.g. how it was implemented or integrated): 

This lesson was done for the the Computer Science Summer Institute Extension Program, or CCSIX, is a 3-week on-campus summer experience for first-year students studying computer science and related STEM fields at Loyola Marymount University. This program is designed for groups underrepresented in computing (i.e., women, underrepresented minorities in STEM, and first-generation or low-income college students).

Suggested Citation: 
Masunaga, Jennifer. "Exploring Google Scholar with a Summer Bridge Program ." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2018.