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    Get information about Google Scholar and find out how to use it more effectively.

    What is Google Scholar?

    What is Google Scholar?

    Google Scholar is a search engine that specifically searches scholarly literature and academic resources.

    How is Google Scholar related to (and different from) the library databases?

    There is overlap between the content in Google Scholar and the library's individual databases. Also, many citations in Google Scholar will link to full text in the library's databases or in publicly available databases. But Google Scholar will not contain everything that is in the library's databases.

    Google Scholar is useful as a jumping off point for your research, but to do in-depth research, you'll need to use a subject specific database provided by the library. If you are not sure which resource to use, use our databases by subject list or take a look at a research guide on your topic.

    Try it out:


    Advanced Searching

    Using Advanced Search will help you get better results. You can be more specific with keywords, dates, authors, etc. 

    Click the menu (3 lines) in the upper left corner to access the Advanced Search form.

    Arrow pointing to menu

    Scholar Settings

    In order for Google Scholar to work best you must set your Google Scholar settings to access the VPCC library collections. This allows access to some of our databases through Scholar. If you don't add our resources, you'll have access to many fewer articles.

    • If you are on campus, Google Scholar recognizes that you are using a VPCC computer. You will be able to link directly to many full text articles with no login required. It should also recognize you if you are on your own computer AND connected to campus wifi.
    • If you are off campusyou may be asked to login using your MyVCCS username and password to access full text articles available through the Library's databases. 

    See the document below for instructions on how to add our resources to your settings.

    Accessing Full Text

    Look for one of the following on the title line on the search results list.

    • @VPCC Library
    • [PDF] from ...
    • Full View
    • [HTML] from ... (works less consistently than the options above)

    and click on one of them to access and view the article.

    If you do not see any of these links try clicking on the article title in the citation. You may gain access to the article here, but if not, don't despair and don't pay for it! In many cases, a librarian may be able to find it for you. Use Ask a Librarian to send us the citation or submit a request through interlibrary loan