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Google Scholar

This guide includes content adapted with permission from the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

About Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine that provides links to full-text articles to which the University Library system subscribes or to articles made freely available by the publisher. Scholar also provides articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and scholarly articles posted on the web. In addition, many articles are available when WMU has a subscription which would work with EZ Proxy. Finally, Scholar provides citations along with abstracts of the article if it is protected by copyright.

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar Search

Pros of Scholar

  • Ease of use; similar features of Google web search
  • Search by cited feature
  • Ranking of results
  • Citation information provided
  • Search vast array of information; technical reports, preprints, societal publications
  • Full-text if available

Cons of Scholar

  • Full-text not available or restriction access without a subscription
  • Uneven coverage in social sciences, better for hard sciences
  • No limiter for just scholarly publications
  • Few options to limit or narrow search results
  • Unable to find out exactly what the content is, or what is missing. 
  • Unable to do bulk export of search results.