Last week I told you about Google Books, and described how to find RDC books through Google Books. This week I’ll tell you about Google Scholar, and how to find articles in online databases to which RDC subscribes.
But first, what is Google Scholar? According to the Google website, “Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.”
One more thing to note is that Google Scholar works really well when you are searching on campus. However, it will be flaky at best, or simply not work at worst, if you are searching off-campus.
Now, give it a try:
- Go to Google Scholar and search for articles on your topic. If you can’t think of a topic, try searching for articles about Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Earnest. You will get over thousands of hits, but pay particular attention to those marked “Find It @ RDC” (look for this phrase immediately following the title of the article).
- When you see “Find It @ RDC,” click on that to hook directly into RDC Library’s “Find It” tool. “Find It” pulls together all of the full-text content from all of our electronic databases (over 80 of them!).
- Voila! Read the article!