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Free articles on the Web! Sometimes.
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|How it works
- Sends out spiders designed to find information in citation form. It searches the surface web, and as much of the deep and hidden web as it can.
- Ranks results primarily by how many other articles have cited it. So significant, but not necessarily recent, items are at the top.
- Provides advanced search capabilities for author, journal, date and check boxes for patent and legal searching.
|Free web articles
- If the full-text is on the free web, a link to the right is provided next to the result.
- Many citations are pulled from bibliographies and the full-text of the item is not available on the free web.
|Fee web articles
- Provides additional full-text links to subscription databases for partner libraries.
- Searches done on campus computers to see the links to these additional articles.
- Searches from computers off campus will not.
|Unavailable through Google
||No link shown for full-text? Then:
- Remember: Google Scholar supplements but does not replace searching subscription-based library databases because:
- There is rarely enough full-text material to meet your need
- It is much harder to make Google Scholar list recent sources that are relevant
- Specialized databases let you search for specific needs in a discipline (e.g. for grade level in education)
Stand on the shoulders of giants
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