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Learn about Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic

Google Scholar

Find journal articles and other scholarly content.

Google Scholar Search

How to link to full text of articles

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You can use these tools to search for predatory journals:

Microsoft Academic

Microsoft Academic

Academic search engine that uses artificial intelligence (AI) bots that read, understand, and deliver scientific news and papers

Google Books

Entire book contents may not be available.

Google Book Search


Not all research materials will be found in library sources or Google Scholar. You may have to search big Google to find relevant materials. Use the tips below to help you refine your searching.

Evaluate Your Sources

Be sure you are referencing authoritative, high quality resources.

  • Who is the author, what are their credentials, how objective are they, etc?
  • What is the content.  Is it well researched? Is it relevant to YOUR needs?
  • When was the information published?  Is it current? Does that matter for your topic?
  • Why did this source/author publish this information?  Who is their intended audience? Are they trying to sell you something?  Do they have biases?

Here are some sites to help you learn how to evaluate your sources.