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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.