If you're not familiar with Google Scholar, it's Google's specialized search engine for conducting scholarly research. As Google explains, you can "use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web."
While we still think that visiting your local academic library (in person or online) is the BEST way to find scholarly information for class assignments and research, Google Scholar is now a better secondary source for preliminary research. Why? Because now you can see whether you have free access to the resources you find using Google Scholar.
Here's how it works. After you conduct a search in Google Scholar, you will see "Find it with OLinks" or "OhioLINK OLinks" for journal articles and books. Click on this link to see if you can access the article or book (for free!) from OhioLINK or our 85 member libraries. If an article is available online, OLinks can lead you directly to it for free. If the article or book is in print, OLinks can tell you where to find it at your library or elsewhere in Ohio.
"OLinks" displays automatically if you are searching on-campus. If you're using Google Scholar while off-campus, or if links to OLinks don't show while on-campus, you can manually configure your browser to use OLinks. To do so, set your preferences in Google Scholar by entering "Ohio" or "OhioLINK" in the box marked "institutional access." You can also enter your school's name, as your local library may provide other linking options in Google Scholar.
And please remember, don't pay for information online that you can get from your library for free! If you're ever asked for payment to view an article or resource online while using Google Scholar, visiting a publishers' site, or any other reason, contact your library first to see if you can access the same, or perhaps a better resource from your library or OhioLINK for free. If you need help using Google Scholar, or finding information for a class assignment or research project, ask the experts. Get online help from an OhioLINK librarian via Chat with a Librarian, or call your library for assistance.Posted by at May 23, 2005 10:29 AM