Google Scholar

google scholar
google scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is an online, freely accessible search engine that lets users look for both physical and digital copies of articles.  It searches a wide variety of sources, including academic publishers, universities, and preprint depositories looking for:

  • Peer-reviewed articles
  • Theses
  • Books
  • Technical reports
  • Abstracts
  • Reprints

While Google Scholar does search for print and online scholarly information, it is important to understand that the resource is not a database.  A database is a subscription-based resource that searches for articles that have been published.

How can Google Scholar help you?

  • is easy to search if you are familiar with the Google search engine
  • provides some basic and advanced search options, like a database
  • attempts to help you find the most useful scholarly resources by ranking articles in order of relevance
  • you can search a specific article title in Google Scholar to see how many times it has been cited
  • provides direct access to full text of articles if they are available for free online
  • can link to library catalogs (including the University of Illinois catalog), helping you find resources within your own library and beyond

Try Google Scholar here


* We would like to thank the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library for this information.