Google Scholar is a search engine for scholarly information including:
Despite the name, unfortunately not all content found on Google Scholar is scholarly. It is recommended that you start your searching using Library Search, because results will be limited to academic content only, and to that which you can access full-text. To search beyond our collection, click the "Expand my results" box to the left of the search results. You can also personalise your search by selecting up to five disciplines, whereas Google Scholar does not allow searching by subject area. Library Search also allows much more refined filtering of your search results, e.g. by resource type, subject or author.
Library Search has icons which indicate if an item is open access, and if an article has been peer reviewed. The E-resources tab has a greater range of specialist information including statistics, financial information, films, images and maps which you won't be able to find via Google Scholar.
Although material found in Google Scholar is usually more suitable for study or research, you still need to assess the quality of the information for yourself. More guidance on evaluating sources is available on the study skills webpage and for more detailed information on how to use Library Search, see the Library Search Guide.
Remember that one search will not find everything – so for best results also use Library Search and databases recommended for your subject (find these in your subject-specific LibGuide).
Forward citation tracking: finding works that cite an original work
Backward citation tracking: finding the works cited by an original work
Predatory journal: a scam journal that charges a fee for the publication of articles without providing legitimate publication services
Metadata: data that describes other data
For a visual tutorial, see the Setting up a library link iorad.
Add the Google Scholar button as an extension to your browser. You can then look up resources as you browse the web by highlighting the text you want to search for and clicking the button. The top three links will be displayed in a pop-up box and you can click the fullscreen icon in the bottom left to see them all.