How Do I Use Google Scholar?
What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar is one way to find scholarly resources, including peer-reviewed
journals, scholarly papers, theses, and books. Search Google Scholar by subject or source for a list of results ranked by author,
publication, and how often the piece has been cited in other scholarly literature.
Google Scholar can help you find the full text of scholarly and professional articles, as well as books on your topic. If the full
text of an article is not available in Google Scholar, you can customize your Google Scholar preferences to find out whether it is
available in CityU databases.
How to Enable Google Scholar
- Go to Google Scholar's Preferences
- Add City University of Seattle in the “Library Links” box and click Find Library
- Check the box next to “Open WorldCat – Library Search”
- Choose the number of results you would like to display
- Click Save Preferences
Finding Full-Text Articles
- Search for your topic in Google Scholar.
- A green triangle indicates the article may be available in full text on Google Scholar.
- A Full-Text at CityU Library link next to the article title indicates the article may be available in full text through a CityU database.
- If the full text is not available via (a) or (b) above, you may request your article through interlibrary loan using the Article Request Form. Requested articles will be e-mailed to you in 1-2 weeks.
Finding Books and E-books
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- Click on “Library Search” underneath the book information.
- This opens WorldCat, where you can find the book at CityU or a local library.
- Enter CityU Library's postal code (98005) or your own postal code in WorldCat.
- Click on the name of the library to see whether the book or e-book is available.
Tips for Finding Resources
If you already know which publication you want:
To use the Advanced Scholar Search:
Having trouble finding what you need?
Try searching one of the frequently used databases for direct access to full-text resources to complete your coursework:
Need more help? Ask a Librarian!