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Google Scholar and Citation Chaining

Introduction to Google Scholar

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Time needed to complete this module: 10 minutes

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between library databases and Google Scholar in order to determine when it is best to use each one
  • Define citation chaining
  • Use forward and backward citation chaining to locate resources

When you need to find resources for an assignment, where should you go? In our current information landscape, there are so many options that it can be overwhelming to determine where to start your research. This video explains the differences between Google, Google Scholar, and library databases.

Google Scholar searches a wide variety of information sources and focuses largely on scholarly articles. However, not everything you find on Google Scholar is what many professors and researchers would consider scholarly, and sometimes it can be difficult to tell if a source is a peer-reviewed, scholarly article. Google Scholar allows “natural language” searches, but it does not allow you to narrow your search to journals in a specific subject area the way library databases do. Also, unlike library databases, Google Scholar sometimes links to articles behind a paywall, which means you need to pay to access them. The short video below shows you how to connect Google Scholar to the UNCG Libraries so you can find full text for free. This video has no sound, and here is a textual guide of how to connect UNCG Libraries to Google Scholar. 

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