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    Get information about Google Scholar and find out how to use it more effectively.

    What is Google Scholar?

    What is Google Scholar?

    Google Scholar is a search engine that specifically searches scholarly literature and academic resources.

    How is Google Scholar related to (and different from) the library databases?

    There is overlap between the content in Google Scholar and the library's individual databases. Also, many citations in Google Scholar will link to full text in the library's databases or in publicly available databases. But Google Scholar will not contain everything that is in the library's databases.

    Google Scholar is useful as a jumping off point for your research, but to do in-depth research, you'll need to use a subject specific database provided by the library. If you are not sure which resource to use, use our databases by subject list or take a look at a research guide on your topic.

    Try it out:

    Google Scholar

    Accessing Full Text

    Look for one of the following on the title line on the search results list.

    • LincIT
    • [PDF] from ...
    • [HTML] from ...

    and click on one of them to access and view the article.

    Scholar works best when used on-campus so you can access articles Thomas Nelson Libraries have subscriptions to! 

    google scholar screenshot highlighting LincIt and PDF links

    If you do not see any of these links try clicking on the article title in the citation. You may gain access to the article here, but if not, don't despair and don't pay for it! In many cases, we can get access to the article using our databases. Use Ask a Librarian to send us the citation. If not, we can often get it for you through interlibrary loan in usually less than a week.