What's Google Scholar
Google Scholar is a search tool for locating scholarly information, including journal articles, books, abstracts, and court opinions, by searching universities, societies, publishers, online repositories, and other web sites. It includes information from a variety of disciplines, but is strongest in the sciences and technical fields.
Not everything indexed in Google Scholar is peer-reviewed so be sure to evaluate the information you find, as you would with other sources. Also, not everything is fulltext but with a little bit of configuration you can check to see what WSU has available.
Google Scholar & Find It @ WSU
WSU Libraries uses a service called Find It @ WSU to check for fulltext access to materials. Google Scholar can be configured to display the Find It @ WSU link. This link is a great way to tell if WSU has access to a specific article and also provides you with ordering options if fulltext is not available.
To configure Google Scholar:
- Go to Google Scholar and click on Scholar Preferences.
- Look for the "Library Links" section on the Preferences page.
- Search for "Washington State".
- Click on the checkbox next to "Washington State University - Find It at WSU Libraries". Your preferences will look similar to this:
Now, Find It at WSU Libraries links will show up in search results. For example:
Note: if you are off campus, you will be asked to authenticate to access fulltext materials.