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Community Education Project

Research and writing resources for CEP faculty and student employees.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is Google's search engine for scholarly sources, such as peer-reviewed journal articles. Keep the following limitations in mind as you search:

  • Not "everything" is included in Google Scholar. We don't know what is, or isn't included because Google doesn't make this information public.
  • Most of the sources you find on Google Scholar are not freely available to the public. Be sure to add the library link for the duPont-Ball library for free access to content licensed by the library (see below for info). Request content not licensed by the library via interlibrary loan.
  • Compared to library databases, Google Scholar has very few filters and advanced search options available to help you narrow down search results. 
  • It's important to be wary of the articles you find on Google Scholar. "Fake" or low-quality peer-reviewed articles from predatory journal publishers may appear in your search results. Read more here.

Setting up Library Links

Many of the sources you find with Google Scholar may be blocked behind a paywall.

Stetson students & faculty should add the duPont-Ball library link for free access to paid content that is available through the library.

From scholar.google.com, click on the hamburger (three-line) menu icon > settings (gear icon) > Library Links > search for "Stetson University- Link to Full Text." > select the checkbox next to it > click Save. Now you can access library materials from within Google Scholar via the Find it @ Stetson link on the search results page.



Have a question? Ask a librarian! Email libref@stetson.edu. Call or text 386-747-9028.