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Building Better Google Searches: Google Scholar & Google Books

Get better results from your Google searches. See all the best basic and advanced search strategies, plus tips for the Google search engine. #Google #search


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     Google Scholar can be a useful tool for your research, but it has limitations you should be aware of.  You also will need to either change Google Scholar's settings to enable it to connect to some of the content in the CSUSB libraries' databases or be sure to use the Google Scholar on our website which has already had its settings changed.

     But even if you don't want to deal with changing Google Scholar's settings, make a point of watching the recorded workshop, Set Up Google Scholar to Connect With Library Resources From Home (below), in order to use Google Scholar to its best advantage.


On the library's website click on the Choose a Database button.

The Choose a Database button.

On the next screen, click on the letter G in the A-Z lineup, and scroll down to Google Scholar.


     Google Books is a way to search the text of a book as opposed to its title, author, and subject.  It does not search all books, only those selected by Google.  The availability of full text varies—typically, the newer the book, the less full text is available.  You may still need to obtain the actual book.


Set Up Google Scholar to Connect With

Library Resources From Home

This half-hour-long recorded workshop provides excellent information on Google Scholar's capabilities and limitations then shows you how to change the Google Scholar settings so it can connect with the Pfau Library's databases.

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