Q. What is Google Scholar? Can I use it to find information for a research paper assignment?
Google Scholar searches specifically for scholarly materials such as journal articles, research reports, dissertations and theses, preprints, technical reports, patents, manuscripts in preparation, working papers and many other document types. Link to Google Scholar
When you do a search in Google Scholar, you get a list of citations to articles. You will get links to the full text if it is from an open access journal, or if the researcher posted the article on her/his website. To get access to the full text of an article you find in Google Scholar that does not have a direct link or lists a cost to use the article, go to PRIMO or Jefferson's library databases. You can search using the title or authors of articles found in Scholar to get free access to those same articles as a Jefferson student.
Best practice: always check with your instructor or professor to see what sources they will allow you to use for a research paper assignment.
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