Chapter Eight: Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar features

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Google Scholar is an invaluable companion to our subject databases and should be part of any literature review. This section will provide an overview of Google Scholar as well as some tips to make your search more efficient and comprehensive. Many of the features are located in the settings menu, which is accessed by clicking the three bars in the upper left of the Google Scholar home page:

Some of the features contained in Google Scholar are obvious and intuitive. Others, more hidden. Let’s begin by reviewing how to retrieve articles by linking directly from Google scholar to the UCF Libraries and how to use Inter Library Loan to request articles not available in our databases.

UCF library links
This feature allows you to connect to your home library so you’ll be routed through the UCF proxy when trying to retrieve an article.
To enable this setting:
1. click on the menu in the upper left settings/Library Links
2. Type “University of Central Florida” in the search bar.

Once you’ve done this, a link to the UCF Libraries will appear to the right of your results for all the selections we have direct access to.

▼Watch this short video for an example of how this works as well as other features covered in this chapter:


Getting the Most from Google Scholar from UCF Libraries on Vimeo.[/embed]

More Full-Text Options

In addition to full text available at UCF, you will see other options for accessing material from Open Access journals, institutional repositories, ResearchGate,, and other resources. Note that, in some cases, you may be linking to pre-published versions or other variants that may not have copyright clearance.

If you want to verify the validity of a document, you can request the final published version from Inter-Library Loan


▼Watch this short video for an example of how this works:



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