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Editors’ Choice: Study of Google Scholar As Replacement for Systematic Literature Searches

Recent research indicates a high recall in Google Scholar searches for systematic reviews. These reports raised high expectations of Google Scholar as a unified and easy to use search interface. However, studies on the coverage of Google Scholar rarely used the search interface in a realistic approach but instead merely checked for the existence of gold standard references. In addition, the severe limitations of the Google Search interface must be taken into consideration when comparing with professional literature retrieval tools.

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Bestebreurtje based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Brian Rosenblum, Cedrick May, Jodi Reeves Flores, Luke Yurchak, Paige Morgan, Robert Voss, Sarah Canfield Fuller, Silvia Stoyanova, Subhasis Chattopadhyay