Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a Google search engine that locates articles in academic journals and other peer-reviewed publications. It searches for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources including articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions.

If you’re using Google Scholar while on campus, you may notice that some of the search results are flagged with Check for Access @ CWRU, which provide access to full text online articles from the Case Libraries journal subscriptions.

You can also configure Google Scholar to display the Check for Access @ CWRU links when you are using your computer from off campus:

  • Click on Settings near the top of the screen
  • Select Library Links on the left
  • Search for your library of choice and check the box

Please remember to use Virtual Private Networking (VPN) to connect to the CWRU network from off campus to access the online journal articles!


  • Quickest way to access hundreds of relevant, scholarly articles.
  • One of the best ways to locate open-access articles, publicly available articles that do not require a subscription.
  • Can make it easy to verify an incorrect or incomplete citation.



  • Doesn’t identify a lot of scholarly information available in the library databases, which may have more relevant and comprehensive to your research topic.
  • Library databases offer more search options.
  • Many articles listed in the Google Scholar results link directly to publishers’ websites, sometimes encouraging users to pay for articles that they might be able to get for free with a librarian’s assistance.
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