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What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is Google's search engine for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories and universities.


Why use Google Scholar

  • If you have have an obscure reference that is proving difficult to locate in a conventional database
  • If the topic is under researched or not covered by USC programs
  • It offers metrics such as how many times a publication has been cited
  • It can assist with finding "grey literature" like conference proceedings 

Why not use Google Scholar

  • Not everything in Google Scholar is scholarly
  • There is no way to limit the search to only peer-reviewed publications
  • The results do not always provide the full-text and will restrict access without a subscription 

Why can't I just Google?

Google is so easy! Why wouldn't I use it for all of my assignment research?

La Trobe University Library. (n.d.). Why can't I google?
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