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Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine that searches across scholarly literature from academic publishers, university repositories, professional organizations and professional websites.

Google Scholar:

  • Locates content that is not found with a regular Google search
  • Finds Scholarly works from a wide variety of sources including peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings, technical reports, theses, abstracts, and reprints.
  • Identifies authors and articles in scholarly journals on your topic
  • Links you to full text articles if they are available in RWU databases or freely available on the web
  • Tells you how often a specific title in Google Scholar has been cited

Google Scholar vs. Library Databases

Google Scholar is a great place to start looking for journal articles, but if you are doing in-depth research, be sure to search the Library's Databases

Library Databases:

  • Focus on specific subject disciplines
  • Allow users to sort by date, relevance and material type
  • Allow users to limit search by pre-defined criteria
  • Have the ability to refine search results
  • Results are limited to verified and scholarly content
  • Material is indexed to allow for more accurate and targeted searching

Google Scholar searches open access materials as well as items from many publishers.  However, Google Scholar only searches a portion of the published scholarly literature.


Setting Preferences in Google Scholar

Set your preferences in Google Scholar before you search to be able to link to library resources retrieved by Google Scholar.

  1. Click on Settings at the top of the page.
  2. Click on Library Links under Scholar Settings.
  3. Type Roger Williams University into the search box.
  4. Click the Search icon.
  5. Check the box next to Roger Williams University - Full Text @ RWU 
  6. Click Save