Google Scholar search tips

What is Google Scholar?

Articles available through a Kennedy Library-paid subscription will appear with the words "Get It at Cal Poly" to the right or hidden under the "More" link.

Articles available through a Kennedy Library-paid subscription will appear with the words “Get It at Cal Poly” to the right or hidden under the “More” link.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles. Search results may be from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Set Library Links for Cal Poly to access materials the library has subscribed to.

How do I set Library Links for Cal Poly?

  • Easiest: Always connect to Google Scholar via the library website.
  • Alternative from off campus: Set your Library Links manually under Scholar PreferencesNote: You will be directed through the university portal before accessing subscribed resources.

Why use the “Get It at Cal Poly” links?

Google may have indexed the search result from a source to which we do not subscribe. Using “Get It at Cal Poly” will check for the requested material in a library-subscribed resource. If the library does not have access to the item you will have the option to request it via Interlibrary Services.

What if I’m asked to pay for an article?

Use our Interlibrary Services to borrow materials not owned by Kennedy Library.

 

What if my question isn’t answered here, or I need help with my search?

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