Google Scholar is a free search engine that can be used to broadly search for scholarly literature. It can be searched for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books and more across a variety of disciplines.
The University of Toronto Libraries have licensed thousands of online journals so that you can use them for free as a member of the UofT community. Configure Google Scholar to know that you are a member of the UofT community:
If you are on campus, Google Scholar will automatically configure itself properly. You only need to follow the steps above if you are OFF-CAMPUS.
Here's how to connect Google Scholar to your Refworks account:
1. Use OR to connect similar terms, as you would in any database. Putting words in quotation marks forces Google to search those words as a phrase. In this example, we are searching ipod "hearing loss" and mp3 "hearing loss" at the same time.
To find SPECIFIC articles, you can use Google Scholar instead of the Article Finder : simply enter, in quotation marks, the title of the article you wish to find and click search.
2. Use this bar to control the kinds of results you get: format (articles, legal opinions), date (all dates or since a specific year), and create an email alert of your search terms (get emails whenever new articles are added to Google Scholar).
3. Different versions of the result are grouped together under "All # versions". Check these if you can’t retrieve the full text – sometimes there will be an alternative access to the full text.
4. "Cited by #" links to other results, in Google Scholar, that have cited this result. This can offer a starting point to finding other relevant literature on your topic. Also use Related Articles as a link to further similar research.
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