Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. In Scholar you can search across many disciplines and sources, including journal articles, theses, books and abstracts, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Access Google Scholar here.

How is it different from Google?

Google has a broader scope than Google Scholar and looks for resources regardless of where they come from and who they are written by. Instead of searching the entire web, Google Scholar just searches for scholarly literature. This means you will get far more relevant, authoritative and up to date results.

Can I access full text articles?

Yes, but not always. Some articles are freely available, plus you can also set up Google Scholar to access the University’s journal subscriptions.

To do this click on Settings then Library Links. Type University of South Wales into the search box and select FINDit@University of South Wales – Viewonline@USW.Tick the boxes next to the results and save. You will now be able to access our subscriptions via Google Scholar.

Do I still need to use FINDit?

Google Scholar is a good starting point for your research, but please be aware that it doesn’t index everything. It is important to use FINDit as well to search our subscription databases and journals for relevant journal articles.

For more information have a look at our Guide to FINDit or contact your Information Librarian.