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Google Scholar: Home

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is a search engine that provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly information; helping to find relevant work across the world of scholarly research and literature.

What you can expect to find using Google Scholar:  Some examples include conference papers, theses and dissertations, academic books, technical reports, journal articles and abstracts.

Explore the information below or select the tabs above for more detailed information.

Getting Started

Follow the instructions in our tutorial to start searching with Google Scholar


  • Directly link to full text articles in NIC databases
  • Access different types of material in a single search
  • Novice researchers can familiarize themselves with research info
  • Find "gray literature" and obscure references
  • Connect journal titles/authors with subjects of interest
  • There is no advertising


  • There is no way to determine how comprehensive or up-to-date the results are
  • Results are not easily downloaded or email-friendly (no bibliographic manager)
  • When compared to discipline-specific library databases the results are unreliable
  • There is no way to sort by subject
  • There is no option to limit results to peer-reviewed sources

How is Google Scholar Different?

Google Scholar provides scholarly results and includes direct links to NIC materials. Google provides links to popular websites and advertisements.

Try It!

Use the search box below to explore

Google Scholar Search

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