This LibGuide will offer direction for making the best use of the Google Scholar index for academic research. Google Scholar uses a simple, single search box like regular Google, but instead of searching across the whole web it searches Google's index of scholarly resource citations. With Google Scholar's simplistic search and limited refinement options, using Advanced Search features can improve the quality and accuracy of search results. While Google Scholar sometimes includes full-text access, most often it only includes only a citation. If you need to access an article or other resource, email the citation information to email@example.com and we will attempt to acquire the article through interlibrary loan.
Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes scholarly literature across various publishing formats and disciplines. This is an excellent source for journals and articles not explicitly connected to the academic study of religion.
What's the difference between Google Scholar and an academic database like Atla Religion Database with AtlaSerials?
Academic databases are searchable collections of published sources specify exactly what books, journals, etc. are drawn from and can typically provide direct access if the library subscribes to the service. In many databases, you can easily find a list of publications they are pulling citations from. That means you can tell if you'll be able to find articles from The Journal of Pastoral Care in the database or not. Additionally, academic databases frequently have a subject specific focus and have many options for limiting search results.
Google Scholar is also a searchable collection of published sources, but because Google keeps their proprietary information private, they do not share where content is sourced from. We don't know exactly where the citations are coming from, what will be included, or what might be missing. Additionally, Google Scholar covers all disciplines and only has a few advanced search options.
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There is no sign in necessary to use Google Scholar. But, if you would like to save resources from search results to "My Library" you will need to log in with an email account (Gmail or meadville.edu). To get started, select the green "Start Using Google Scholar" button on this page or from the Open Access Digital Theological Library section of the Article and Journals LibGuide.
Google Scholar allows you to add library links such that should a resource be available at your home library, a link to the catalog record can be included in results in Google Scholar.
To add Meadville Lombard to your Google Scholar results, once signed in to an email address, select the three line "expand" icon in the upper left of Google Scholar to expand the menu and then select "Settings" from the drop-down:
Select "Library links" from the left menu and search for "Meadville Lombard Theological School":
Use the checkbox to select "Meadville Lombard Theological School - ViewIt@MLTS" and then "Save" to add it to your Google Scholar search profile:
When searching, look for "GetIt@MLTS" as an access option in results. These links will open the item's record in the online catalog: