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Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)


“Working with Google Scholar”
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 11am – 12pm WHH 118, William H. Hannon Library
Presentation by Jennifer Masunaga, Reference Librarian. Learn to use Google Scholar as a tool in your research.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Why Use Google Scholar?

The Pros and Cons of Using Google Scholar

Pros: Google Scholar combines the ease of Google with access to scholarly materials. Google Scholar searches the Web for scholarly articles, abstracts and books, but not popular magazine, newspaper or Internet articles. It allows you to search multiple formats across multiple disciplines in one search.

Cons: Google Scholar doesn’t access everything in the library’s subscription databases, especially the most current information. Not everything is peer-reviewed, nor can you search or filter by peer-review status. Full- text versions of many items indexed by Google Scholar are not available for free through the Internet; however, many are accessible through the LMU Library website.

The Bottom Line: Google Scholar is a great place to begin your search, but should not be the only place you search. Think of it as a resource you can use in addition to the LMU Library catalog and databases.

Google Scholar Citation Count

Google Scholar allows you to use the Google search engine to look for scholarly articles instead of browsing the entire web. Look in the bottom left of each result to see the number of times the article has been cited by others. 

How to Find Books

If a search result indicates [BOOK], see if it is available through the LMU Library.

  • Click on the title of the search result. This will take you to a Google Books preview.
  • Click on "Find in a library" in the left column of the page. This will take you to LINUS, the LMU Library catalog.
  • Click on "Search the catalog at your library."
  • The catalog will indicate if the LMU Library has your book and if it is available.
  • If not available at the LMU Library, click on Link+ to request an interlibrary loan.

Google Scholar: Pros & Cons


Video #1 (2:22 minutes)
Learn about the pros and cons of using Google Scholar for your scholarly searches.


Google Scholar: Finding Articles and Books


Video #2 (2:00 minutes)

Learn how to link your LMU account to Google Scholar so that you may find articles and books.


Request Articles from other libraries

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