Google Scholar is a useful resource that searches across a wide range of academic literature. It pulls results from publishers, university research repositories and scholarly websites.
Use it to find the following kinds of material:
Abstracts (from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories etc.)
Getting the most out of Google Scholar
When you are searching Google Scholar on-campus, lots of the journal articles, eBooks etc. that you discover are available to you through Library subscriptions. This is because we’ve set up full-text access to our resource through Google Scholar within the university IP range.
We want you to get the most out of Google Scholar when you’re working from home too – so here’s how to configure it to allow access to Abertay Library’s subscriptions wherever you are.
You can also set-up Google Scholar to import citations directly into your favourite reference management tool *Remember, you can use whichever reference management tool you like but we will only offer training and support for RefWorks.
However, because Google Scholar uses a wide variety of sources, not all results will be high quality or peer-reviewed. Results may also include unpublished versions of articles and other kinds of sources. While you may still find useful items, it is very important to evaluate these sources. Always think about: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy/Reliability and Bias/Purpose.