Library Channel Spotlight: Google Scholar

Library Channel Spotlight: Google Scholar


Today we spotlight Google Scholar A search tool for academic research We’ll show you how to access the ASU customized version of this valuable resource. While Google searches the entire Web, Google Scholar filters results to find many different types of academic materials, including academic journal articles, books, and even university web sites to retrieve things published by faculty researchers. Google Scholar is an easy and quick way to find scholarly information on just about any subject and is especially useful if the topic is multidisciplinary. Connecting to the ASU customized version of Google Scholar provides the ASU community to a wealth of resources provided by the ASU Libraries. By following the “Get it! @ ASU” link you can download the full text of research articles, check the library’s online catalog for books, and request books and articles not held by ASU through Interlibrary Loan. You can further customize your Google Scholar experience by editing your preferences to download citations to your own personal RefWorks account. A quick way to access the ASU version of Google Scholar is through the ASU Libraries home page. Click on the Google Scholar link located under the Most Used Resources list. You can then bookmark this version of Google Scholar. Because it’s Google, it’s quite easy to do a quick search and find good results. But there are some easy ways to improve your search results. Check out the ASU Libraries tutorial “Using Google Scholar @ ASU Libraries” for tips on Advanced Search Options and utilizing other customizable features. Find it under “Tutorials” on the ASU Libraries web site. Although Google Scholar is a great resource, it shouldn’t be the only one you use for research. Many electronic publications are not available through the search engine. When you need comprehensive and precise literature research, the ASU Libraries have additional tools providing more information than Google Scholar. These research databases cover the world’s literature for just about any subject area. From the ASU Libraries home page click on “Research Databases” to see what is available. For help using Google Scholar, or any research database try our Ask A Librarian service. ASU librarians and library specialists are available in-person or via phone, email or chat to help you determine which databases are best for you and how to search them. See our Ask A Librarian service at lib.asu.edu/help So remember… When you want quick access to wide variety of scholarly material, ASU’s customized Google Scholar may be the best place to start. This is the Library Channel Your place for news and information about the ASU Libraries

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