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Use this guide to decide the best search tools to use to find resources for your research

Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is Google's academic search engine that searches across scholarly literature. It has extensive coverage, retrieving information from:

  • academic publishers
  • professional organisations
  • university repositories and other Open Access resources
  • professional websites covering all disciplines

Google scholar is an excellent research tool but it doesn't have some of the advanced search features available in the library research databases.

Benefits of searching databases instead of Google Scholar include:

  • Limit search to particular fields e.g. title, abstract or by subject
  • Retrieve manageable number of results, with ability to refine search
  • Material is indexed to allow for more accurate and targeted searching

Why would I use Google Scholar?

It is a very useful tool! Google Scholar can be a good place to start a search, helping to:

  • Locate obscure references difficult to find in library databases
  • Find more details on partial citations or incorrectly cited works
  • Identify grey literature not often indexed elsewhere
  • Discover useful journals or databases to explore in more detail

Things to consider when using Google Scholar

  • You may miss useful resources for your research if you search ONLY Google Scholar and ignore FindIt@Flinders library research databases.
  • Select Flinders University Library - FindIt@Flinders as your library in Settings so you can link back to resources we subscribe to.

  • Alternatively, use the Google Scholar link in the Databases A-Z list to ensure you can link back to subscribed resources.

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