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Searching the Web and Databases: Google Scholar

Resources for learning to search the web efficiently and with better results.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be very useful when you're searching for articles online if you have the special Ohio State University Libraries setting in place. If not, you will most likely be asked to pay for access to articles that you already get for free through the library!

After going to Google Scholar, click on the button that is located in the center of the page.

Next, click on the "Library Links" tab on the left side and type "Ohio State University" into the search bar. You should see a check box next to the words "The Ohio State University Libraries - Find It @OSU" appear below the search bar.

Check this box and click save.

On the search page that appears next, try your keywords. In the Google Scholar results click the Find It! link to determine if online access is provided by OSU Libraries or OhioLINK.  This link may be under MORE for some results.  If a Find It! link is not offered try every available link, as Google Scholar may offer several sources for the same citation.

Off Campus access of Google Scholar

1.) Log into off-campus access.

2.) Click on the "Research Databases" link on the right side of the page.

3.) Search Google Scholar and click on the hyperlink on the following page.

4.) Change your search setting (using the instructions above) to search for articles you have access to for free.

Use these OSU Libraries' services if you do not find free full text through Google Scholar

Note: If you're an NCSC student or employee, instead of searching for "Ohio State University" in the Library Links setting, you need to search for "OhioLink." This will link you to resources that you have access to from off-campus.

Questions or problems? Call 419-755-4331 to reach the circulation desk at the BLIC.