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PALS - Pre-Arrival Library Support: Using Google Scholar


Using Google Scholar

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar offers a freely available means of locating good quality information on the web. However, because Google Scholar uses an extremely wide variety of resources, not every result you’ll see is necessarily peer-reviewed. It is important to also be aware that results may include other kinds of scholarly publications such as dissertations, conference papers and unpublished versions of articles. It is important to evaluate all Google Scholar sources for credibility.

Enter your search terms and click on the search icon.

You can deselect patents!

A list of results will appear. If the article is available in full text a link to the pdf will appear on the right hand side.

You can limit the date range by clicking on one of the options listed, or by entering your own date range, from the list on the left hand side.

To find out if the article is available via Coventry University library, click on the Google logo in Scholar.

Click on the 'Settings' wheel at the top of the page.

Click on 'Library links' from the menu on the left.

Search for Coventry University.

Click on box next to 'Coventry University – Locate it' (you might want to un-tick the default of Worldcat).

Then click Save.

'Locate it' should then appear next to your results.

Clicking on 'Locate It' will enable you to check whether the university has access to the journal article/conference paper you have found on Google Scholar.