Google Scholar searches a specific subset of Google's index that is limited to academic materials such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and technical reports from broad areas of research.
Advantages of Google Book Search
Disadvantages of Google Scholar
You can find Google Scholar at this URL, http://scholar.google.com. You can also find Google Scholar by beginning at Google’s homepage at http://www.google.com/, clicking on “More” and then selecting “Scholar”.
How To Search Google Scholar
Search Google Scholar just as you search Google. Text entered in the search box will perform a keyword search that will return results that are listed according to how relevant they are to the search query. The most relevant references should appear at the top of the page.
Advanced Search Tips
Use Google Scholar's Advanced Search to search by author, publication, and date.
Search results have a variety of formats. PDF and HTML documents will have clickable title links that point to abstracts or full-text, but citations and books will not. Citations are items that have been extracted from the references, footnotes, or bibliographies of documents indexed by Google Scholar. They typically do not have clickable links, but the citation usually gives you enough information to track down the item.
Clicking the Cited by link on Google Scholar will display a list of articles and documents that have cited the document originally retrieved in the search. This makes it possible to find other documents related by topic to the original document. However, Google Scholar only includes articles that are indexed within its database, and this can be a much smaller subset of scholarly articles than those found in the library databases.
If you are searching from an on campus computer, you may see links entitled Full-Text @My Library or Ebscohost Full Text. These links will lead you to the full text of articles that are available through the library databases (Ebsco and Proquest).
Setting Up Full-Text @ My Library Off-Campus
Follow the steps below to set up the Full-Text @ My Library feature on your own computer.
You will also see articles that do not have the full text, only the citation (author, title, date, etc.). You may be prompted to pay for these articles—don’t! You can request any article (for free!) through our Interlibrary Loan Service. Please be aware that it can take up to two weeks for the article/s to get here.