This page will describe the free Google search tool, describe the coverage, explain how to link the SXU reolver, and compare the tool to other multi-disciplinary search indexes.
DO NOT start your searches for academic information in Google; use one of our more precise and reliable search tools located within our Subject and Research Guides.
Google provides searching of keywords across a broad section of the WWW. It is a reasonable tool to search for popular and non-academic information.
Google Advanced search provides more precise searching options (i.e. language, region, domain name, etc.).
Below we highlight some of the limitations of this tool.
Google does not link the results to our locally purchased material. You must search through the library and/or use our resolver to obtain access to all the full-text articles that are available to you through our subscriptions.
You can find fair use images by starting with the Google Image Search Advanced page and selecting the free options on the bottom pull-down. You can input an image or image URL. Another image search option is CC search by Creative commons. Also consider the Smithsonian Museum digital gallery.
ACADEMIC INFORMATION SEARCHING
Google does not adequately search for academic materials (journal articles, peer reviewed encyclopedias and dictionaries, and reliable information sources). While Google Scholar provides free searching of a selection of the academic journal literature, you will need to set our link resolver to have access to all the full-text articles that are available to you through our subscriptions and more comprehensive and precise searches can be performed in our subject specific journal indexes.
You should begin by selecting the appropriate Library search tool for your specific need: