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ANT 112 - Desert Vista: Google Scholar

Google Scholar: what does it do?

You can find scholarly journal articles, books, and more.

(A scholarly publication is written by one expert in an academic discipline for other experts.)

How is Google Scholar different from Google's Web Search?

  • Google Scholar focuses exclusively on scholarly publications.
  • Although many of these items are available online...
  • ...Google Scholar lists lots of items that are NOT available for free
  • For free full text, try the links in the right margin of search results.

Other benefits:

See the blue links under each brief record

  • Cited by:  Find newer articles that have cited the one you are looking at.
  • Related articles: Find articles on similar topics
  • Cite: How to cite this article in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

Subject Guide

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Susan Kuklin
Desert Vista Library

(520) 206-5044

Are you off-campus?

Open  Google Scholar

Are you OFF-campus?  If so, do the following set-up.  Otherwise, you'll miss out on full text articles from PCC.

  • Open the linkClick the "three lines" icon (upper left corner)
  • Click Settings
  • Library Links (upper left)
  • Type Pima in the search box, and Search.
  • Below, check-mark any boxes that mention Pima Community College.
  • Click Save. (If you allow cookies, this setting will stick)

Searching Google Scholar

How to search

  • Enter your keywords normally.
  • You can enclose exact phrases in quotation marks:    "eating disorders"
  • If you "OR" terms together, capitalize the word OR:     "eating disorders" OR anorexia

Getting full text articles  (see image below)

  • In the right margin, look for this link: "Check for free Full-Text." It usually leads to PCC articles.
  • Otherwise, try other links in the right margin.
  • If there is no link in the right margin, the item may be a Book, or an article PCC doesn't own.
  • If you need NEWER articles, use the links in the Left margin.
  • For citation help, click Cite (a blue link, under the record).


Chasing Citations

What if you find a citation online, but you need the full text?

Easy. Copy/paste the entire citation into Google Scholar.

Many times you will find a matching citation!  If not, open Ask a Librarian and send the citation to a PCC librarian. We will email you back, hopefully with a link.


What if you find an article citation printed in a book? Like this:

Dornbush, R. L., Fink, M., & Freedman, A. M. (1971). Marijuana, memory, and perception. American Journal of Psychiatry, 128(2), 194-197.

How do you find the full text?

In Google Scholar,

  1. Enter the article title, enclosed in quotes:  "marijuana, memory, and perception"
  2. Add the last name of the first author listed. "marijuana, memory, and perception" dornbush

If you find a matching citation, look for full text options.  (See box above)