- What is Google Scholar?
- Google Scholar uses the Google search engine to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports.
Google Scholar results include links to Salve Regina University Library resources and appears as "Full-text at Salve". These links will appear automatically if you search from an on-campus computer.
If you are off-campus first use this link to set your preferences to include links to Salve's resources
Google Scholar is a free web-based search engine that searches for scholarly materials such as books, articles, conference proceedings, theses, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Google Scholar generally excludes non-academic websites. Google does not provide a list of which titles or publishers are included in Google Scholar. Coverage in Google Scholar is stronger in the sciences, and weaker in the humanities. Google Scholar is an alternate starting point for your research, but does not include all of the resources available online from McKillop Library's webpage.
Does Google Scholar index all of McKillop Library's subscription research databases and provide the full-text of articles from all of these databases?
- No. While Google Scholar will allow you to find articles from some of McKillop Library's subscription article databases, it does not index all of our databases. For access to all of the library's databases, see the Databases A-Z list or the Databases by Subject list. For a list of our available journals, see the Journals list.
- Why am I being asked to pay to access a full-text article?
- Some of the links in Google Scholar will lead to documents in subscription databases to which McKillop Library may or may not subscribe. If the article is located in a database which we do not have access to, there may be an option in Google Scholar to purchase the article. Salve Regina University students, faculty and staff do not need to pay for access to these items. To locate books, Salve community members should first check the HELIN library catalog and the InRhode catalog (Brown University). Books which are not available through HELIN or InRhode can be requested by interlibrary loan. The availability of articles can be checkd by searching for the specific article's journal title in our Journals list or using our citation linker. Articles which are not available through McKillop Library can be requested by interlibrary loan. For more help, see also How to request a book from another library.
- Can I limit my Google Scholar search to a certain author or publication title?
- Yes, Google Scholar's Advanced Search page allows several limiting options such as author, publication name, and date.
- What is the difference between Google Scholar and Google Book Search?
- Google Scholar searches across a range of scholarly information including books, articles, and citations. Google Book Search only searches for full-text books, and provides information on where to borrow or buy the book you want.
Need more help? Ask a librarian at 401-341-2289.