Google Scholar can be a great search tool, especially for students new to college research. It is similar to the simple Google search we are all familiar with, but it offers a number of features to give the user more control over their search and provides results that are more appropriate for college research assignments. It finds results for all academic disciplines, and it finds both scholarly articles and books.
This guide will help you get the most out of Google Scholar.
Some of the results Google Scholar finds are not the final version of a particular paper, but an earlier version made Open Access. To learn more about Open Access and how to identify what the differences between the Open Access version and the final version are, see our Open Access guide.