- What is Google Scholar?
- Google Scholar is the newest offering from Google that searches for scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research. Google Scholar searches a variety of undisclosed academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. Much of the content is available in full text, while in some instances abstracts with links to pay-for document delivery services are displayed.
- Google scholar is useful for working with cited references. Remember cited references make it possible to find works that cite a work that you searched for. Google scholar is still a beta project - so you may encounter inconsistencies or problems in your search.
- Who should use Google Scholar?
- Google Scholar is likely to be useful for beginning-level researchers who want a few articles on a topic rather than serious scholars who need to do thorough research using a variety of resources. All researchers may find it easier and more direct to locate scholarly journal articles using the resources on our Find Articles or Databases A-Z pages.
- What areas of scholarly research are covered by Google Scholar?
- Google Scholar searches a specific subset of Google's index and covers a wide range of academic content areas; however, coverage appears to be strongest in science and technology, and weakest in the humanities. Just as with Google's standard Web Search, Google Scholar ranks and lists results according to how relevant they are to the search query. The most relevant references should theoretically appear at the top of the page.
- What does 'Cited by' in Google Scholar mean?
- Clicking the 'Cited by' link in Google Scholar will display a list of articles and documents that have cited the document originally retrieved in the search. This makes it possible to uncover other documents that are related by topic or subject to the original document. However, Google Scholar only includes articles that are indexed within its database, and this is a much smaller subset of scholarly articles than found in some other CSUN Oviatt Library-subscribed databases.
- Once I find an item, where do I get it?
You can find items the Oviatt Library owns using Google Scholar's capabilities. To activate the capabilities for your browser, go to Scholar Preferences:
- In the box next to Library Links type "CSUN" and click Find Library.
- Check the box next to "CSU, Northridge (SFX Find It)"
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Preferences button.
- Alternatively, click the Library Search link to find holdings at another library in your area.
- Will Google Scholar let me search within a specific journal or search for articles written by a particular author?
- Yes! Use Google Scholar's Advanced Search to search by author, publication, and date. Increase the accuracy and effectiveness of Google Scholar searches by checking out Advanced Scholar Search Tips.
- Why do some titles have links to abstracts and/or full text and others do not?
- Search results may include citations [CITATION], books [BOOK], PDFs [PDF] and PostScript documents [PS]. PDF and PostScript documents will have clickable title links that point to abstracts or full text, but citations and books will not.
You can find more information about Google Scholar at the following links:
- About Google Scholar and FAQ
- Carol Tenopir, "Google in the Academic Library," Library Journal, February 2005, Vol. 130 Issue 2, p.32.
- Brian Kenney, "Googlizers vs. Resistors," Library Journal, December 2004, Vol. 129, Issue 20, p.44-46.
- Shirl Kennedy and Gary Price, "Web Search--Google Big News: 'Google Scholar' is Born," Resourceshelf.com, Thursday, November 18, 2004.
- Barbara Quint, "Google Scholar Focuses on Research-Quality Content," Information Today, Inc., November 22, 2004.
- Danny Sullivan, "Google Scholar Offers Access to Academic Information," SearchEngineWatch, November 18, 2004.