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At Vogel Library we have a variety of ways for you to locate articles to support your research.
The difference between Google and Google Scholar is that Google Scholar focuses on the scholarly literature available on the Internet. This includes, articles, theses, books, abstracts, U.S. court opinions, and patents, found on the websites of academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and more.
By scholarly literature, Google means publications that are based on the results of research or studies.
Google, on the other hand, has a broader scope, and is looking for resources regardless of where they come from. Resources in a Google search do not have to be scholarly, and do not have to be based on research.
Because much of what ends up in Google Scholar is vetted by a program that Google uses to identify scholarly works (and not a real person), you want to be careful and double-check that what you find is in fact scholarly. While the bulk of it is, there have been cases of non-scholarly content being found in Google Scholar.
Which version of Google should I use when?
Knowing which version of Google to use depends on what it is you are trying to research. For most people starting out with a research question, Google is a good place to start to get an idea of what's been published on your topic, as well as to get valuable background or anecdotal information.
Progressing in your research you may realize that you need some studies or hard data to back up your stance so you may want to switch over to Google Scholar to focus your search on the more scholarly literature.
Once you locate a website that appears helpful, you may have a hard time navigating their search bar. Most of these websites do not include advanced search functions, so it's hard to navigate the internal rules. Thankfully, there is a way to use Google to search your website for specific information. Using this domain search limiter tip will save you time.
For example, to search the Reebok website, add site:.reebok.com/us to your keyword search.
This also works if you aren't searching one website, but instead an entire domain such as site:.gov or site:.edu.
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