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Google Scholar: Google Scholar

Google Scholar Info Page

This page describes the free Google Scholar journal article search tool, explains how to create full text links through the SXU validation resolver, and compares the tool to other multi-disciplinary library journal indexes.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides searching of keywords and authors across a wide a selection of academic journals.

     NOTE: Unlike our library tools, this tool does not utilize subject headings and does not provide help in narrowing your results using subject facets. See the tools below for more powerful alternative search options.    

     NOTE: Google Scholar does contain abstracts for many dissertations, with links to free full text materials when available.

     NOTE: The Button (install option found under Settings) provides citations <without DOIs> and access to some free PDF versions. 

Multiple record downloading: While library search tools offer the ability to select multiple items from a search results list and export as a batch in various formats, in Google Scholar, you will need to first save the items to your Google Scholar library (using the ☆ icon in the search results), then select and export them from the Google Scholar “My Library” page.


Link the results to our local journal resolver to obtain access to all the full-text articles that are available to you through our subscriptions.


         Go to the Google Scholar page.

         Go to Settings (the three line icon on the top left of the page).

         Select Settings (the bottom option).

         Go to "Library links" on the left side of the page.

         Type "Saint Xavier" in the search area.

         Select Saint Xavier University - Full Text access

         Uncheck any other options.

         Click the SAVE button


    You will now see Full Text access to the right of citations when we provide full text access.

       (You will need to validate yourself the first time using your campus ID and password.)


Additional information about the Google search engine.


While Google Scholars covers many journals, it may be useful to use other journal search indexes for different purposes:

  •  Academic Search Complete provides searching across a core collection of approximately 800 multi-disciplinary journals, and offers immediate full text articles for most of the results. Good for basic searching.
  • Scopus searches across a wide range of journal articles, and provides immediate links to the full text of many, while offering 3-day turnaround on those we need to borrow from other libraries. It also offers ranking of articles and journals by impact based upon citation patterns. You can follow a research front using this tool.
  • More comprehensive searching is provided using our subject specific journal indexes.


One additional free search tool to consider is Summon (from Princeton). You will see information about journal articles, books, and other materials...but you will not have links to the full text materials.

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