Google and Google Scholar are both powerful and common search tools so why would you want to use a scholarly search tool/database instead of Google?
There are many reasons, but here are some important ones:
Google doesn’t index everything - and pages that Google hasn't indexed won't show up in your search (the deep web)
Anything hidden behind a log in may not be indexed
Website designers and programmers can put a "search engines keep out" sign in the site's computer code
Many PDFs can't be read (or at least not read correctly) by the indexing tool
Scholarly search engines index scholarly content - even using Google Scholar you will sometimes get non-scholarly content
Greater ability to narrow down you search. You can narrow Google searches down somewhat using Advanced Search or Google Scholar, but the ability to narrow down content is much, much greater in scholarly search engines.
Chemical structure searching. If you are searching for a chemical structure then there are tools to search using something other than an image search.
As a member of the University of Toronto community you can use scholarly search tools for free like Web of Science, Scopus, etc.
To find SPECIFIC articles, you can use Google Scholar instead of Article Finder : simply enter, in quotation marks, the title of the article you wish to find and click search.
The advanced search in Google Scholar will allow you to narrow down your search in a number of ways. To use the Advanced Search option go to the menu at the top left of your screen.
The following options are available:
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.
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. To let Google Scholar know that you are a member of the UofT community:
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