Skip to main content

Online Research

Find out where to look - Google Scholar, Wikipedia and beyond, and what to look for when you're evaluating your results.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is the arm of Google's search empire that allows users to look for scholarly, academic, peer-reviewed articles. If you add "Capilano University" in Google Scholar, under Settings > Library links, you'll know which paywalled articles are available through CapU Library subscriptions when you see CapU Connect to Full Text links on the right. You'll have to use that link to get access to the article.

Sample result:

The difference between Google Scholar and the subscription databases available through CapU Library is the depth of the indexing (most databases provide more information about an article than Google Scholar does) and the fact that Google's indexing is done on a by-article (not by-journal) basis. Also, unlike full-text databases, Google Scholar is only an index. It does not contain the article itself. It may link to the article, if it is available freely online, or it may link to the CapU Library database copy of the article.

An Advanced Search interface allows you to specify author, journal title or date range.  You can also get email alerts when new articles matching your search terms are added to its collection.

Google Scholar Results

A count of times cited is also included - the more times cited, the more authority the paper has in the subject area.