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Google Scholar

Find Articles Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature using the familiar Google interface. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. There are limitations in using Google Scholar however. Here are some important things you should know:

  • Google Scholar does not have the robust search features that the library databases have.
  • Google does not make clear what sources it uses; in other words, there is no way to tell what journals it includes or excludes.

  • You should see either Full-Text @ MCLA or Resources @ MCLA for articles that may be available in the MCLA Library databases. These links are either to the right of the search result or below the citation. Please note that clicking on the article title links will not bring you to MCLA's databases. You must use the links that mention MCLA.

  • The links may lead you to websites which will ask that you pay for the articles, even though in many cases, we may own the particular journal already. Always do a search in the Journal A-Z list to see if we own the volume or ask a reference librarian for assistance in locating an article.

  • Citations might not include the Full-Text @ MCLA link even though the library subscribes to the journal. The results can be misleading and will not get you as many full-text items as you would get using the databases.


Using Google Scholar Off-Campus

Off-campus users can use Google Scholar's Preferences to identify themselves as members of MCLA and so get access to these articles. This is a one-time set-up on your computer.

•    Go to Google Scholar and choose "Settings" and then "Library Links."
Do a search for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
•    Make sure you save your preferences before you leave this screen.

If you have questions about using Google Scholar email