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LIBS 300: The Liberal Arts in a Contemporary World

Search Engines

Google Scholar
Google's scholarly search engine.  Google Scholar searches for scholarly materials including journal articles, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from a variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

Enabling the Get it @ Queen's links

On campus: access to Queen's resources is available via Google Scholar (via Databases link).
Off-campus: access Google Scholar through the Queen's Library's link where you will have to enter your NetID and password

if you go to Google Scholar directly ( you will need to configure your Google Scholar preferences to allow automatic access to our Library subscriptions to journals and databases.

Scholar Preferences

settings gearClick on the Settings "gear" located in the upper right hand corner of the Google Scholar search page to view Scholar Preferences (choose Library Links and add Queen's University, Kingston - Get it at Queen's). Click save.

Google vs Library Databases

Search engines, such as Google, look throughout the World Wide Web for information most of which can be freely viewed by anyone with a connection to the internet. 

Most scholarly information is NOT free on the web and even Google Scholar does not link to all of the articles in the library’s online databases. To find reliable scholarly materials make sure to use one of the Library’s databases.

For the pros and cons of searching Google Scholar, check this guide from ECU Libraries.