Our staff pick this week is Google Scholar. We love it because it makes searching scholarly literature fast and simple for the beginning researcher. The students we work with love it, so we thought we’d spread the word!
Google Scholar is a free search engine that provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature by pulling results directly from DePaul’s article databases. From campus, Google Scholar will provide citations for articles, many of which are linked directly into DePaul’s databases allowing one to immediately access the full text of the article. The full text can also be accessed from home by setting “Scholar Preferences” to DePaul University and entering your campus connect username and i.d.
While Google Scholar lacks the advance search features and controlled vocabulary of DePaul’s subscription article databases needed for more comprehensive and thorough research, it is a great way to browse scholarly literature on a topic. Google Scholar is also an excellent tool for tracking down incomplete citations. Try it out for yourself or ask about it at the reference desk!
Larry Page & Sergey Brin, founders of Google