Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a scholarly search tool from Google, separate from its main search engine.
Its purpose is “to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.” The full text of many items is available online (either freely or by using the “Find it @ WOU” link), although in some instances abstracts with links to pay-per-view document delivery services are displayed.


Google Scholar searches a specific subset of Google’s index and covers a wide range of academic content areas. The coverage is strongest in science and technology and weakest in the humanities.
One particuluarly useful aspect of Google Scholar is the ability to easily find articles that have cited the one you are looking at. Look for the “Cited by” link to take advantage of this feature.
If you are off campus, you may want to use the access to Google Scholar provided by WOU’s Articles and Databases page. This way, the “Find it @ WOU” links will show up and the content that WOU pays for on your behalf will be available to you.
Please keep in mind that since Google Scholar is a beta product, things keep changing. The content, coverage and functionality may be different from when you last used it.

2 thoughts on “Google Scholar

  1. Hello,
    Many, but not all of the articles have the “Find it @ WOU” link. If it is there, it will be either directly to the right of the title or in small print at the bottom of the citation (before the next item in the list). The “Find it @ WOU” link will only show up if you are on campus, have used one of the library’s links and logged in, or have set your Google Scholar Preferences to show links from Western Oregon University.
    If there isn’t a “Find it @ WOU” link, you can always see if we have access to the article by searching for the title of the journal using the journal title search from the library home page.
    Hope that helps!

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