What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar is a subset of Google Web Search that enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including papers, theses, books, and reports.
Why should I access Google Scholar from the library's website?
By searching Google Scholar from the Library's home page, you will automatically have direct access, both on and off campus, to subscription articles already paid for through the library.
What should I do if I'm asked to pay for the full text?
Google Scholar often links to versions of papers and articles on commercial publisher websites. These sites will ask you to buy a subscription or pay to access an article... Do not pay for articles!
Look for the Find arcticle @ UNC link. The UNC Libraries already provide access to many of the journal articles indexed in Google Scholar.
What should I do if the full text is not available?
Any time you have trouble accessing full text (or any question), Ask a Librarian for help.
The UNC Libraries also provide access to materials not owned by or available through UNC through Interlibrary Loan.
What disciplines does Google Scholar cover?
Google Scholar is strongest in science and technology, but Google Scholar is continually indexing new content so more materials are being added in the social sciences and humanities.
Can I trust the resources listed in Google Scholar?
Not all Google Scholar results are "scholarly."
It is important to carefully review and assess each information source for its appropriateness and relevance to your research.
What does "cited by" mean?
Google Scholar includes a list of references under each article and paper, so when an author cites old materials, even outdated information, these appear in your search results.
What should I do if I can't find the resources I need in Google Scholar?
If you're not finding the information you need in Google Scholar, don't forget that the UNC Libraries offer hundreds of article databases
on a wide array of subjects.
Does Google Scholar work with any of the bibliographic management software?
Google Scholar works with several bibliographic management packages, including EndNote and RefWorks.
Check your Scholar Preferences within Google Scholar to enable importing of references.
What is the future of Google Scholar?
Google Scholar is still in beta. Many features and enhancements are in the works. We'll try to keep an eye on it for you and let you know.
How can I get more help?
There's always help available:
Ask a Librarian.