Google does have a place in academic research. It is used to find government documents, statistics, and all sorts of other information. Librarians can show you lots of Google tips and tricks -- just ask! While Google is very powerful, keep in mind that it is not the only tool to use when doing academic research.
From Purdue Database vs. Google [Video], by the Purdue University Libraries, 2011, YouTube (https://youtu.be/XuOURskjrQI).
From What's the Deep Web? And Why the Library? [Video], by the John M. Pfau Library, 2015, YouTube (https://youtu.be/Fyln1cBJmdE).