Google Scholar will help you locate a wide variety of peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. It’s very easy to use and ranks results based on citations. Google’s nifty new search service is in public beta test, which means there are lots of new features coming soon, and it doesn’t always work as expected. For example, there isn’t any way to limit to peer-reviewed articles or sort results. Some links take you right to the full article, book or report, while others lead to an abstract. Your access to electronic journals and books will be limited if you are off-campus. Be sure to check the University Libraries electronic journals, electronic books and library catalog before pulling out your credit card to pay for things you find in Google Scholar. We’re very excited about this new service and will share information with you as it develops.
Please read The Debut of Google Scholar in Hardin Scholarly Communication News for more information on Google Scholar.