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Lexington High School

Guide for Mrs. Burcenski, Lexington High School English class, Spring 2024

Google Scholar

Use it for: 

  • Known item searching​

    • Ex: I have a full citation and know this thing exists but don’t know where I might find the full text​

  • Partial citation searching​

    • I have part of a citation and need to find the rest​

  • Grey literature searching​

Grey literature is material published outside of traditional academic pipelines such as government research, white papers, or reports​

Don't use it for: 

  • General database searching​

  • Entry level searching​

  • A catch-all search​

  • Google Scholar is  usually too broad for these kinds of searches and lacks the same kind of curation and limiters that library databases have​