What is Google Scholar?

What is Google Scholar?
 
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.

Now, dissertations and theses are more discoverable than ever. ProQuest has arranged with Google and Google Scholar to allow indexing and searching across bibliographic data for graduate works published in 2005 and forward. Searches will retrieve basic metadata for each graduate work (title, author, abstract, keywords, etc), and provide links to ProQuest for purchase or access.

These new dissemination avenues broaden author exposure beyond the traditional research community. Most scholars benefit from increased exposure to their published work, so the ubiquity of Google and Google Scholar should benefit most graduate students.