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Finding Sources

This guide is a general introduction to finding different types of sources available at Jennings Library, including books, scholarly and newspaper articles, music and videos, databases, and statistics.

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar provides a 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 searches a specific subset of Google’s index and covers a wide range of academic content areas.

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Google Scholar Search

Set Up Google Scholar @ Jennings Library

Configure your Google Scholar settings to see links to full-text articles that are available through Jennings Library.

  • Go to Google Scholar preferences.
  • In the library links box, search for and select Caldwell University, then save preferences.
  • You must ensure Google Scholar is enabled to save cookies. Otherwise, you need to search for and add the library links each time you use Google Scholar.
  • Now you will be able to see Jennings Library’s subscription database holdings in your Google Scholar search results (identified by Full-Text@Caldwell).
  • To access the full-text of an article, select Full-Text@Caldwell and then the article link provided.
  • You will be prompted for your Caldwell NetID username and password in order to view the full-text. You only need to enter your NetID once in a session.

Google Scholar Search Results

Most Google Scholar search results are scholarly articles.

If Jennings Library owns a journal article you located using Google Scholar, there is usually a link reading "Full Text @ Caldwell" beside the citation.

blue text on white background that reads 'Full Text @ Caldwell' as this link appears in Google Scholar


  • Select this link to enter the Jennings Library databases for access to the article full-text.
  • If we do not have access, you can use inter-library loan (ILL) to request the article. See our guide to inter-library loan:

Books results in Google Scholar are identified by [BOOK] preceding the citation title.

  • When you see a book you would like, click on "More" or the two-arrow icon under the citation, then click on "Library Search" to see if Jennings Library has access.
  • Look to see if Jennings Library is in the list of libraries who have access to the book.
  • If we do not have access, you can use inter-library loan (ILL) to request the book. See our guide to inter-library loan:

Citation-only results are indicated by [CITATION] preceding the citation title and mean the full-text is not available openly online.

Even if there isn't a "Full Text @ Caldwell" link, the full-text might be available in Jennings Library. Search for the title of the article in the "Article" or "Everything" search on the Jennings Library homepage.

If in doubt, ask a librarian!

What are the limitations of Google Scholar?

Here's what you should know:

  • Google Scholar includes the abstracts for articles, and has a link to the full text if it is openly available or online or if Jennings Library has it in our collections. 
  • Material you may need for your research may not be indexed in Google Scholar, but could be in one or more of our Jennings Library Databases. 
  • For the most thorough and focused search of a topic, consult Jennings Library’s subject-specific databases, which have been carefully selected by us to provide comprehensive, retrospective and current access to scholarly literature.