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Steps in the Research Process: Google Scholar

Use this guide to become a more skillful researcher. Learn how to develop research questions, choose credible sources, evaluate your sources, cite them correctly, and avoid plagiarism

What is Google Scholar

 

 Google Scholar is a search engine that allows users to search for scholarly materials on a topic.  Instead of searching the entire web (like Google), Google Scholar searchs the SCHOLARLY LITERATURE provided by numerous academic publishers, professional societies, universities and scholarly organizations.

Search results include citations from peer-reviewed journals, theses, papers, books and technical reports.

For the most part, Google Scholar provides citation-only results.  The full-text of an article or book CAN BE ACCESSED BY USING THE FIND IT@ WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE LINK.

If you are using Google Scholar off campus, you will need to set your "Scholar Preferences" to Westchester Community College.

Linking Google Scholar to WCC - Scroll all the way down

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN CONFIGURE GOOGLE SCHOLAR TO OFFER LINKS BACK TO ARTICLES THAT YOU CAN GET THROUGH THE WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE LIBRARY?

Changing a few simple settings is all that is needed.

Go to Google Scholar - http://scholar.google.com.  Click on "SETTINGS at the top of the page.   

On the page that follows, find the section labeled LIBRARY LINKS, and enter Westchester Community College.  Click "Find Library"

You will then see two options for connecting to WCC's Full-Text databases.  Check both boxes.

Conduct a search in Google Scholar.   Look to the right to see if access if available at the WCC Library