Google Scholar can be a great resource, sometimes locating everything from journal articles, theses and dissertations, books, conference papers and other research material from a variety of sources including academic publishers, professional societies, institutional repositories and databases. That said, there are reasons to use Google Scholar and reasons not to.
Google Scholar's strengths:
Things to be aware of when using Google Scholar:
Some useful links when using Google Scholar:
Using EndNote with Google Scholar?
The best place to access Google Scholar is from the Monash Library databases page, or via the above link.
Using this link provides access to many articles you find on Google Scholar by connecting you to the Monash Library databases. If you simply navigate to Google Scholar on your own, you will not be able to access this full-text material.
Unlike normal Google, which searches a broad range of information, Google Scholar uses the Google search engine to search just for scholarly and academic information. This can be information might be produced by academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organisations, such as:
In order to read a potential full text link, you will need to click on the links that appear to the right in the Google Scholar results list.
Google Scholar allows you to set Google Scholar preferences to link to the full text of articles cited in Google Scholar which are available from Monash University Library. Follow these steps to ensure full text links show in your search results
On Campus access
When you search on campus, Google Scholar will automatically recognise your location, and display the Check for full text link to library materials
Off Campus access
If you are off campus you will need to tell Google to link to resources available from Monash University Library. Choose one of the following options to access these full text links:
Always connect to Google Scholar from the library's databases page
Search results display