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Using Google Scholar to find SHU Resources: Add SHU Library Settings (2:15)


The Pros and Cons of Using Google Scholar


  • Google Scholar combines the familiarity of Google with access to scholarly materials.  
  • Google Scholar offers both basic and advanced options
  • Google Scholar searches the Web for scholarly articles, abstracts and books, and excludes popular magazine, newspaper or Internet articles.
  • Google Scholar help to fill in incomplete citations and tracks how often an article has been cited.
  • Google Scholar allows you to search across multiple disciplines in one search.
  • Google Scholar will highlight those resources available through the SHU catalog and provides links to those open source articles available for free online.


  • Google Scholar does not have an easy way to sort articles in your results list (e.g. peer reviews, full text)
  • It is not possible to search within a specific discipline with Google Scholar.
  • The link may take searchers to purchase page.  SHU Libraries can request most articles we do not own for students via interlibrary borrowing at no charge.
  • Google Scholar does not clearly specify what type of material (academic journal, magazine, newspaper etc.) is in the results list.
  • While Google Scholar will note those articles available at SHU electronically, it does not display those articles available in print.