Google Scholar

Google Scholar


Google scholar is a free online search engine that indexes academic literature from a variety of publishing formats and disciplines in its entirety or in its metadata. Google Scholar is an index of peer-reviewed online academic journals, books, conference papers, theses, dissertations, preprints, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly materials such as court opinions and patents. It was first made available in beta form in November 2004.

Google Scholar

A web crawler, also known as a web robot, is used by Google Scholar to find files to include in the search results. Content needs to fulfill a number of requirements in order to be indexed in Google Scholar. An earlier statistical estimate with an estimate of 100 million articles that covered roughly 79–90% of all articles published in English was published in PLOS One using the mark and recapture method. Based on this estimate, the number of documents that were publicly accessible online was also calculated. Because it doesn’t screen journals and has predatory journals in its index, Google Scholar has come under fire.
The Hath Trust Digital Library was established by using copies of the scans that were saved by the University of Michigan Library and other libraries whose collections Google scanned for Google Books and Google Scholar.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar: What Is It?

With Google Scholar, users can look up scholarly literature and academic resources from a wide range of academic disciplines, including books, theses, abstracts, full-text articles, and more. Case law is also accessible through it.

Why Use Google Scholar?

​Not only is Google Scholar easy to use because it has a similar set-up to a standard Google search, but it is also a free search engine that shows scholarly material that is open access, meaning it is free to use, as well as materials available through Jenks Library’s resources.

In what ways does Google Scholar differ from and relate to the databases of the Library?

The content in Google Scholar and the various databases maintained by the Library overlap. Additionally, a lot of Google Scholar citations provide links to full texts in databases owned by the Library or in databases that are open to the public. However, not all of the information in the Library’s databases will be available on Google Scholar.
While it can be a handy place to start, Google Scholar is not a comprehensive “one-stop shop.” Use the individual databases at the Library for more content, more search features, and more accurate searching.

Google Scholar

How can I use Google Scholar to view and search items?

It’s as simple to search as using standard Google. Start your Google Scholar search on SHSU by going to the library’s homepage. Locate the Google Scholar search box at the very bottom of the Articles & More tab by clicking on it. Type a phrase or term into the search bar, like “bird flu.”
Similar to standard Google, Google Scholar prioritizes results that are most pertinent to you based on the complete text, author, source, and number of citations. Certain actions differ slightly from standard Google searches. For example, you might only be able to access a citation or description by clicking on a title instead of the entire document. You won’t always be able to access the complete text of every search result using Google Scholar.

Google Scholar

In my search results, where are the full-text documents located?

Look for either (1) an Online Resources @ SHSU link, or (2) a PDF or HTML link to the right of the article title to access the full document. The full text of the document can be located using these links, either in one of SHSU’s online databases or in a publicly accessible location.
You can ask the Library Service Desk for assistance finding the article if you are unable to access the full text through these links or if you are unable to see them at all. Certain materials won’t be accessible online, but they might be accessible in person at the library or through Interlibrary Loan.

Google Scholar

How to apply filters to Google Scholar results

Additionally, Google Scholar provides a number of advanced search options and filtering tools to make it easier for users to find what they’re looking for. Users can restrict their search, for instance, to a particular language, source, or time frame. Additionally, they have access to sophisticated search operators like the plus sign to exclude terms from searches and quotation marks to look for specific phrases.


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