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Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is a search engine for scholarly information published as articles, books, theses and court opinions. Whereas the standard Google search engine finds links to Web pages, Google Scholar results are citations for articles that are not necessarily available for free on the Web.

Click here to view Google's description of Google Scholar

How to search Google Scholar

Use the same type of keyword search in Google Scholar that you use with the standard Google search engine. In the left column of the results page you can choose to change the display from a relevant sort to a date sort; you can also limit the results by date range.

Click here to view Google's search tips

Search results

Google Scholar is not a database with full-text articles and books; when you click on a search result, you are usually taken to a page that offers options for paid access. If Google has identified Web sites that offer free access to the resource, you will find a link to the Web site or PDF file in the right column.

Fortunately you can link your Google Scholar search to SCC Library's databases, which will significantly increase the number of search results that give you free full-text articles. Watch the video below or click here to learn how to do so.

Video demonstration

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