Linking the Library to Google Scholar (FindIt@UWA)
Google Scholar will most likely link you to articles requiring payment for access. UWA Library subscribes to databases on your behalf to provide free full-text access to many journal articles. You can link Google Scholar to the UWA Library so that when you're searching Google Scholar "FindIt@UWA" links will take you to the Library's full-text version of an article.
Set up links to FindIt@UWA - to link to full text faster
Can't see a FindIt@UWA link or the link isn't working? Do a title search in OneSearch to check whether the Library holds the article.
Set up Export to EndNote links
If using EndNote, you can make exporting from Google Scholar faster:
Install the Mendeley plug-in - export multiple references at once
For further information, see the Mendeley Survival Guide.
No single source captures everything. It is best to use multiple sources for maximum coverage. Search OneSearch using keywords from your topic and add the word databases to find scholarly databases in your area of study, eg plant biology databases. Alternatively, browse the
Library Databases page using the drop down menu options for your area of study. See the Using OneSearch website for further top tips and videos.
Access advanced search from the menu in the top left. It gives many options for refining your search.
Alerts are a great way to keep up to date in your field of research or study. Once you have done your search, look for the Alerts link on the left side of your results to set it up.
A Google Scholar profile is free and will appear at the top of the results lists when someone enters your name into Google Scholar, therefore promoting your work.
Google Scholar has broad coverage of scholarly literature. It can be used to search for:
It can be particularly useful for establishing an overview of a topic, or for searching for a multidisciplinary topic. Many of these items can be difficult to source using subscription library databases.
With such broad coverage, it can be tempting to only use Google Scholar for literature searching, especially when it can link through to the full text in databases subscribed to by UWA Library. However, it is recommended that Google Scholar is used in conjunction with Library databases. This is because: