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Google Tools for Scholars

Google offers effective search tools for journal articles, books, and other scholarly communication. Combined with library subscriptions to online journals, Google Scholar can be a useful resource for locating scholarly material.

Presenter: Carolyn Radcliff, Reference and Instruction Librarian

All Google Products


Google Book Search

About Google Books

Where do the books come from? Partner Program and LIbrary Project

What can I view?  There are four different views:  Full view, LImited preview, Snippet, and No preview available.

How do I search magazines?

Many Other Google Books Questions.

Sample Searches

Go to

Search for:

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

William F Buckley

Magazines - switch to Advanced Search

metaphor theory

KentLINK tie-in - Go to,  search in KentLINK library catalog.

Search for: 

open spaces


Google Scholar

What is included?

Scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, conference papers, theses, book chapters, preprints, abstracts, and technical reports from broad areas of research:

  • Biology, Life Sciences, and Environmental Science
  • Business, Administration, Finance, and Economics
  • Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics
  • Medicine, Pharmacology, and Veterinary Science
  • Physics, Astronomy, and Planetary Science
  • Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities

Google Scholar may also include multiple versions of an article.

Where does Google get its content?

Drawn from "a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web." A sample of publishers that are included in Google Scholar:

American Physical Society (APS), arXiv, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Blackwell, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institute of Physics, Nature Publishing Group, NASA, PubMed, Springer, Wiley Interscience

More publishers are added regularly.

What do I need to know to use Google Scholar? 

  • You should be knowledgeable about off-campus restrictions to some published materials and how you can access those materials by using he KSU VPN.
  • You should be familiar with the OLINKS linking service and the Google Library Links option.

Sample Searches

Go to 

Search for:

"active learning"

Use Advanced Search to have search look for words in titles.

Focus search by adding another term to search box:


Use pull-down menus: Articles Excluding Patents, Since 2000

Go to Scholar Preferences, then section on Library Links

Search for legal opinions and law reviews:

journalists privilege



Other Google Tools and Products

Google Videos -

Alaska tsunami 1964

Google Images -

Tacoma bridge

Google Blogs -

new york fashion week

Google Maps -

Project: Explaining the causes of famine  -

Google Earth - requires a free software download

Examples of projects on Google Earth:

  • Rising Sea Level Animation
  • City of London Timeline
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • World Population Density