Answered By: Vicki Sciuk
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2020     Views: 15

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is a different Google Search Engine than It provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature from many disciplines and sources. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly or academic research, case law, and patents. But it is not a Berkeley database, so the articles may not have free full-text available.

It tries to link to free full-text online versions of articles, but many publishers will not allow non-subscribers to read their full articles for free. When you are looking at a list of results, look to the right of an article you are interested in, and see if has Access Links. These access links are labeled [PDF] or [HTML] or Full View (followed by the specific location) and link to the free full-text of the article. There may also be links to ProQuest Fulltext or that link to Berkeley's subscriptions, although they may not work off campus. 

If you still haven't found the full-text, you can go to "All versions" under the search result and see if you can get the article from another site, such as a manuscript version or the author's website. Or copy the journal title and search for it in the Publication Finder, to see if we have the full-text of that journal, for the year your article was published, in one of our other library databases. 

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