Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar is different from Google. Instead of searching public web content, it searches scholarly literature such as journal and conference papers, theses and dissertations, academic books, pre-prints, abstracts, and technical reports.

You can set up Google Scholar to link to full text from the Alfred University Libraries. Once it’s set up, you will be presented with links to full text or, if full text isn’t available, to interlibrary loan. Instruction are available here. If you have questions, please contact

Google Scholar is especially useful for:

Quickly finding articles from a partial citation. Google Scholar can often find an article with just the title, and will provide the full citation and access to full text options once you have set up Google Scholar (see “How to set up Google Scholar to link to Alfred University full text”).
Finding resources on interdisciplinary topics and supplementing information found in discipline-specific databases.
Finding “gray literature” like conference proceedings.
Identifying highly cited works.
Taking advantage of Google Scholar tools such as the “Cited by” and “Related articles” links
Setting up alerts for topics of interest.

Google Scholar is less effective when it comes to:

Searching with the accuracy of library databases.
Searching literature in one discipline/field.
Searching with controlled vocabulary/subject terms.

Undergraduate Research Forum 2022

Library Student Workers Well Represented at Undergraduate Research Forum

Congratulations to all the presenters at this year’s Undergraduate Research Forum held on April 28th, 2022! The event is always an impressive showcase of student talent. Presentation topics ranged from adoption agency discrimination against LGTBQ+ families, grain size analysis of Bahamian beach sand to lab synthesis of Mesopotamian glass. Dean of Libraries Brian Sullivan and Director of Libraries Mechele Romanchock made sure to visit all presenters who work in Herrick Memorial Library and Samuel R. Scholes Library and hear about their work.

Dean Brian Sullivan (r) talking to Herrick student worker and poster presenter, Jocelyn Quintas (l)
and Dr. Julianna Gray

Scholes Library student employees pictured below: Josiah Alexander, Jaron Cheatham, Quinn Fowler, Tim Mayo, Michael Reid, and Molly Smith.

Herrick Library student employees pictured below: Daniel Farchione, Jocelyn Quintas, Eddie Sawin.