What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar searches for scholarly articles, reports, dissertations, theses, patents, and other documents.
A search of Google Scholar will generate a list of citations. Full text links are provided if:
- The EKS Library subscribes to the journal
- The Journal is open access
- The article is posted by an author to the internet
- If a 3rd party institution provides access to the text
"Google Scholar aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature." The most relevant results will always appear on the first page. (http://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/about.html).
Using Google Scholar
What can GS do for you?
- Find articles, conference proceedings, theses & dissertations and documents that may be unpublished.
- Locating information on obscure and partial references
- Finds documents published to .edu and .gov domains
- Sort documents by date and Google determined relevance (ranked by citation #'s, and other factors)
- Finds "back alley" access to full text articles.
What can’t GS do for you?
- Sort by disciplinary field
- Browse by Title
- Limit results to peer-reviewed, etc. (other than publication date)
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