HSU Library - How to Use Google Scholar
How to Use Google Scholar & the HSU Library
The newest Google search tool, Google
Scholar , indexes the full text of
scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas and includes
pointers to books, articles in peer-reviewed journals, preprints, and
technical reports. If you find an article citation in Google Scholar
without access to the full text, use the Library's Periodicals
List or Citation
Linker. For books, use the HSU
Library Catalog to determine if the HSU Library owns a copy.
About Google Scholar
- Google Scholar indexes a subset of scholarly literature in all
fields. Coverage appears to be strongest in science and technology, and for
scholarship that is available online.
- The content of search results varies. Much full text is available, but
links often lead only to abstracts or citations. Some duplicate and
fragmentary entries appear, as well as variant editions of works (e.g.
search results may include a preprint and postprint of a work, as well as
the version published in a journal).
- Search results include links to cited references. This makes it
to find articles and books related to the topic you initially searched, as
well as works that cite a work that you searched for. As with Google Web
Search, items with more citations from other highly-ranked sources appear
at the top of result rankings.
- Google Scholar searches both open access scholarly sites (e.g.
repositories and scholarly societies) as well as commercial publishers. It
does not cover all such sites and publishers, however.
Making the most of Google Scholar and the HSU Library's research
If you have questions about Google Scholar, or need assistance with
your research, please come to the Reference Desk.
- Many of the electronic resources the HSU Library provides to the
community through paid subscriptions are searchable in Google Scholar. We
also subscribe to other indexing services that may provide deeper and more
tightly focused literature and citation searches in specific fields. These
include Science Direct,
LexisNexis Academic, and Academic Search Elite and OmniFile Full Text Mega,
both of which cover a multitude of publications across disciplines.
- When you are searching on a computer that is connected directly to the
HSU network (e.g. in a dorm room or office) you may be able to follow
Google Scholar links to the full text of resources that are part of library
- When connecting to Google Scholar from an off campus computer that is
on the HSU network, this same full text may not be accessible. Instead,
Google Scholar's links may lead you to an offer to purchase an article or
report from the company that is providing it. You might also be directed
towards a free variant edition on another website, but that might not be
the same content as the version in a scholarly publication.
- In order to determine if the HSU Library provides free fulltext for
these items, you will need to search the Periodicals
[Based on A First
Look at Google Scholar: What's included and what's not]
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Created by: Martha Johansen
Last Updated: November 29, 2004
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