Before searching Google Scholar, set up a link between the USC Library and Google Scholar.
1. Go to Google Scholar
2. Select Settings (More for Tablet)
3. Select Library Links
4. Search for USC
5. Tick the box with the university name
6. Select Save to update changes
Visit these guides to develop your search strategy:
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
Limitations of Google Scholar
When browsing the list of results, begin with the links in the right column of the list.
This is the preferred link to use and will usually take you directly to the article in one of the USC databases.
This link may give you access to an article if it is freely available online.
If the other options do not provide you with full-text access, try using the article title link.
If none of the link provide you with a PDF to download, move on. You won't be able to access that article at no cost.