Getting Started with Google Scholar

Hi, my name is Alex, I’m a librarian at The University of Alabama, and in this video I’m going to talk to you about how to get started using Google Scholar using Google Scholar To put it simply, Google Scholar is a Google search engine that mostly looks for scholarly sources. When you run a search on Google Scholar, you’ll find scholarly journal articles… Dissertations…. Books, and more. Google Scholar is freely available to anyone with an internet connection and a computer but for you, there’s a “right” way to access Google Scholar, and that’s through the library’s website. We’ll get into this more later, but for now just know that if you go through the library’s website you’ll be able to access more articles than you otherwise would. otherwise would. If you login through the library’s website, then Google Scholar knows you’re affiliated with the university. If you don’t, then you’ll have to configure your Google Scholar settings in order to select The University of Alabama as your institution. To find Google Scholar, go to the library’s website at and once you’re there, just click the research tools dropdown at the top of the screen. So let’s go ahead and see if we can find some scholarly articles about our topic. For this example, we’ll look for information about the health benefits of drinking coffee. so I’ve done a quick keyword search. And now here are our results. On the right-hand side of the screen, you’ll see if we have access to the articles we’ve found. When you see the “Full-Text @ UAlabama” icon that means it’s an article that we provide access to. When you just see a simple HTML or PDF link, that probably means that it’s just freely available on the internet. If you don’t see other one of those icons, it may be an article that you can’t immediately view. However, we may be able to get free access for you via interlibrary loan. For more information about how to fill out an interlibrary loan request check out the rest of our video tutorials here, or just ask a librarian. And that’s all for now. Hopefully that helped you with the basics of using Google Scholar. If you have any questions, you can call us, text us, or visit to ask a librarian.

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