Google Scholar allows you to locate resources such as articles, theses and books that you may be able to access through CSU Library's subscriptions and holdings. It is a useful search tool as it makes use of Google's sophisticated search algorithms, allows natural language searching, and locates related and citing articles.
It searches everything - unlike Primo Search which is set to search the Library's holdings only – so some resources will not be available to you.
Tip: Set your Google Scholar Library Links to access CSU Library's subscription resources using these instructions, or watch the adjacent Use Google Scholar video.
Search Google Scholar
In Google searches, the default is to a keyword search so you don't need to put the AND operator between multiple search terms. If you want to search for a phrase, you should enclose it in double quotation marks.
If you want to search for alternative terms, you can combine these with the OR operator.
If you go to Google Scholar Advanced Search you get extra search functionality:
Unlike Primo Search, which searches only CSU Library's holdings, Google Scholar searches everything. This means that Google Scholar will show you all results, whether you can access them through CSU Library or not.
How do I get Google Scholar to show me which results are available through CSU Library?
In the adjacent Google Scholar window try searching for the keywords you used in Primo Search. Note: "" double quotation marks are used to search for a phrase, see the Search Strategies page for more information.
Notice the number of results you get? Probably well over 80 000? However these will not all be available to you through the Library's subscriptions and holdings.
Note: Remember to enable Library Links in your Google Scholar settings to show & access CSU Library holdings.
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