Google Scholar searches for:
Google Scholar probably has more scholarly articles than other types of information, but keep in mind that not all of your results will be from peer-reviewed journals. (If you're not sure what peer-reviewed journals are, check out our guide on publication types.)
Want to make sure a specific result is from a peer-reviewed journal?
Here are 2 common ways people access Google Scholar:
If you search "normal" Google for a topic, Google thinks it's scholarly and will provide you a link to Google Scholar results for that topic. Here's an example where I typed "secondary special education" - the link to Google Scholar results is right at the top.
Unfortunately, a lot of the content in Google Scholar requires you to pay a lot of money for an individual article, or to get a subscription to a specific journal. Both options are expensive - the good news is that the library already subscribes to a lot of these journals. You can use Google Scholar to search, but the library to get access to the articles. Here's how:
Once you're on the Google Scholar page, click on the three stacked horizontal lines icon in the upper left corner of the page:
Depending on your screen size, you will see the cog () icon in one of two places. Click on it, and then select Library Links on the next page:
Search for "Shepherd University", and select the option that says "Scarborough Library, Shepherd University - FindIt@Shepherd" and "SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY - ProQuest Fulltext"
After this is all set up, and you're searching Google Scholar, you can just click "FindIt@Shepherd" to access the article:
Important: If we don't have it, and you have a few days, then request it through Interlibrary Loan. It's free!!