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Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar when you want to take advantage of these features:

  • broad disciplinary coverage
  • a popular relevance ranking algorithm
  • Google Scholar citation counts (often higher than analogous numbers in Web of Science and Scopus)
  • links to full text -- not only YaleLinks but also through free websites like ResearchGate

Be aware of these potential issues:

  • Do you plan to download citations from Google Scholar into your reference manager, like EndNote or Zotero? You can only download one citation at a time; use another database (PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus) for time-saving batch citation downloads.
  • If the YaleLinks link does not appear automatically, set it up in your account with these easy directions.
  • Are you working on a systematic review or meta-analysis? You can use Google Scholar as you're planning your search strategy; for the final version of your systematic search, you should use databases that provide more documentation about their scope and search algorithms.

Librarians teach regular workshops on Google Scholar; check here for upcoming sessions at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and here for sessions presented by the Center for Science and Social Science Information.