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Google Books - What is it?

Search the full text of books (provided by publishers and libraries) to find ones that interest you and learn where to buy or borrow them.  Download books that are in the public domain (typically books published before 1923 in the United States).
Search Results Components

Once you've clicked a book, you can search it, read reviews, or find it in a library:

Google Scholar - What is it?

Google Scholar uses the popular Google search engine to enable searches for scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research. It includes a variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. Google Scholar includes a combination of full-text and citations.

Careful...Google's definition of scholarly is not limited to peer-reviewed sources. Evaluate each source on its own.
How do I get access to the articles?
If you're searching Google Scholar from off-campus, you may be frustrated because you are being asked to pay for articles. Here's how to avoid that:
  • To show affiliation with the University of Texas in a Google Scholar search, access Google Scholar through the Libraries website, www.lib.utexas.edu
    articles tab
    databases tab
  • Alternately, from scholar.google.com, click on the Settings gear icon in the upper right hand corner and select 'Library Links'. Then, search for the University of Texas, check the box and Save.
    scholar settings
When you authenticate using any of these methods, you have free access to any articles available through our subscription databases.
If you don’t show affiliation, you may be asked to pay for an article.
Advanced Searching in Google Scholar

advanced options

Search Results Components
search results
Google Metrics and Citation Counts
Why use Google Scholar for citation counting and tracking?
  • It's free
  • it's fast
  • you may be accustomed to using Google products
What should I know before I use it?
  • only includes articles that are indexed in Google Scholar, so you might miss some materials
  • some duplication may occur in your results since Google Scholar grabs its information from all over the Web
  • does not use standardized formats for authors names, so you may need to search name variations
  • it's always a good idea to check if the results are scholarly since Google does not define scholarly as a peer-reviewed publication

1. In Google Scholar, click on 'Metrics'

in google scholar, click on metrics

2. You can search by publication title, or browse by discipline. Click on the h5-index for detailed information about the title.

how to search for a journal

3. The h5-index gives you the journal's ranking within the discipline and shows you how many times the article has been cited in the past 5 years.

details about the journal
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Additional Resources
Google Scholar Guide
Google Books Guide

Google Scholar Digest
: Newsletter about the latest scientific studies concerning Google Scholar as a source and tool for scientific evaluation.