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About Google Scholar

This guide provides an overview of Google Scholar options that can be useful in academic research. It also discusses differences between Google and Google Scholar and tips to maximize Google Scholar searches.

Google Scholar can be helpful when used in combination with library databases since it offers a quick way to access full text journal articles at the UCF libraries. You can also use links in Google Scholar search results to see 'cited by' lists, view Interlibrary Loan services, and export citations into ReWorks or EndNote.

Unlike Google results that include various types of sources, Google Scholar specifically searches for sources from academic journals, abstracts, dissertations, theses, technical reports, and books. Many of these sources are provided by academic libraries, academic publishers, and professional societies. Some are open-access materials that are freely available on the web.

Google Scholar options include:

  • Full Text @ UCF links to access sources at the UCF Libraries
  • More and More Services @ UCF links to access additional services or request materials from Interlibrary Loan
  • Bibliography (citation) manager options to export and manage citations (RefWorks or EndNote)
  • Cited by links to locate other topic-related sources from the search results
  • Alerts to help you stay up to date on publications, authors, topics
  • Author profiles to view other researchers' publications

Social Sciences & Graduate Outreach Librarian