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Find Articles Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar uses the familiar Google search box to search for the contents of scholarly journals, conference papers, books, and other items. There are some quirks you should know about if you are using Google Scholar:

  • It lacks most of the search limiting functions of other article databases.
  • Google does not make it clear what sources it uses; in other words, there is no way to tell what journals it includes or excludes.
  • Some of the links may lead you to Web sites which will ask that you pay for articles, even though in many cases, we may own the particular journal already. Before paying for an article or buying a book you find via Google Scholar, you should always do a title search in KentLINK or OhioLINK to see if you can gain free access to the material.
  • On-campus users should see either OhioLINK OLinks or Find it with OLinks for articles that may be available for free to Kent State University faculty and students.
  • Off-campus users should have the VPN turned on before accessing Google Scholar in order to identify themselves as members of Kent State University and obtain access to articles through OLinks.

Adapted from Ohio University.

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