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Using Google Scholar  

Link Google Scholar to Library resources
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What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar searches scholarly literature from web pages, publisher web sites, professional societies and some article databases. It has recently been expanded to include patents and legal opinions.


Why use Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a very good starting point  for verifying a citation or performing a broad search across disciplines. It is also useful for finding conference papers and other grey literature that is not always included in article databases.


Why Not Use Google Scholar

Even though Google indexes publisher content, it does not include everything available on a topic. It also includes many sources that may not be relevant for your topic. Article databases from the Library are better for most research questions.

If you aren't sure which is best, visit the research guide for your topic or our research starting points guide


Video: Google Scholar - Access Library Resources

View the one-minute video below to learn how to use Google Scholar to access University of Chicago Library-licensed resources.

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