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Nursing: Articles Using Google Scholar and the Web

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.

You may not be able to get access to all of the articles you find through Google Scholar, but if you find a useful article, check MegaSearch and the PCC databases and we may have online access through our databases.  If you need help Ask a Librarian.

Google Scholar Search

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.

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.

Searching Google Scholar

How to search

  • Enter your keywords normally.

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)

PubMed from the National Library of Medicine

PubMed will help you determine what research has been done on a particular topic. It is a mix of citations and full text.

Use to find the Very Latest Research

Try a Google Search

You can search for content on a single website.  For example, if you put the following search in Google:

tohono o'odham diabetes

it will search anything about the Tohono O'odham on the University of Arizona's websites.

Here are more examples to consider:

tohono o'odham diabetes

tohono o'odham diabetes

tohono o'odham diabetes

tohono o'odham diabetes