Google Scholar is a tool for finding scholarly articles. It covers all subject areas and includes content from many (but not all) publishers, as well as content in repositories and on web sites belonging to authors and research institutions.
If you are unfamiliar with accessing the library's research databases or entering your college login, review How To Access Library Databases.
If you log into Google Scholar with your college login, your search results list will have links to full-text in the library databases, when it is available. To log into Google Scholar, you have two options:
By logging in with your college login, you are routing Google Scholar through the library's proxy server. This is the only way for full-text articles from our databases to appear in your search results. If you do not log in, you will see some full-text links, but not as many.
Also, some of the full-text articles available from repositories are "preprints," which means that they are the pre-peer review version of the article.
Google Scholar can't do certain things that library databases are capable of, such as:
Despite the name, Google Scholar does have non-scholarly content. You will need to look at each article to determine whether it is scholarly. Here are some questions to ask:
|Use Google Scholar||Don't use Google Scholar|
|You know the title of the article you want||You want to search/browse the contents of a certain journal|
|You aren't sure which database to search||You're looking for books or ebooks|
|You're researching a topic that crosses into many different subject areas (multidisciplinary)||You're looking for newspapers, law journal articles, business reports, reference sources, or multimedia|
If you know the article you want, type in the information you have, such as key words from the title and the author's last name. Put keywords and phrases of two or more words in quotation marks.
If you are searching by topic, type in keywords that describe it. Put keywords and phrases of two or more words in quotation marks.
Google also provides search tips.