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How to Use the Library's Databases

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar searches the internet for books and materials in deems as scholarly (articles, conference proceedings, etc). The results lists contain links to previews of the articles and books.

It also may have links to full text (though some of these links may only work when you are on-campus).

Examples of results from Google Scholar

Tips for Using Google Scholar

  • There can be more than one version of an article online - make sure you use the most recent one (with all the final edits).
  • Don't pay for an article or book. The library has ways to get them for you for free, either through one of our databases or with Interlibrary loan.
  • You still need to evaluate the resource, even if it is found in Google Scholar
    • Is the author an expert in the field?
    • Was it pushed in a peer-reviewed journal?
    • Is it an up to date resource? Does it provide the latest information on the topic?

Video Tutorial - Using Google Scholar