5.6 What is Google Scholar?

While we do not recommend you use Google as your research tool for scholarly research, Google does provide a search engine called Google Scholar which allows you to find specific scholarly material published, often as open access, on the internet.

Google Scholar can find theses not published elsewhere as well as many scholarly papers sometimes accessible through the link between Google Scholar and our library. Google also trawls our web site daily picking up any open access publications hosted on our web site and hence retrievable from anywhere.

Obviously if you are studying a subject such as museum studies, you might check museum web sites via Google. However most full-text online research material is NOT available as full-text through Google or Google Scholar. For example the library provides access to scholarly databases which are specific to museum studies and all other subjects or disciplines. Increasingly publishers provide a link to the abstract or summary of full-text content on Google Scholar however you need to look for these references in our library’s catalogue or CrossSearch.

Using Google Scholar, look up the article Chopra R. (2003) “Neoliberalism as Doxa: Bourdieu’s Theory of the State and the Contemporary Indian Discourse on Globalization and Liberalization.”Cultural Studies, 17(3–4): 419–444. Use quotation marks to do phrase searching.

Look down the right hand side of this search. You will see links to some full text pdfs, some from universities. You will see articles which have cited Chopra’s “Neoliberalism as Doxa,” however you will need to look for the full-text of the article in the library catalogue.

Go to CrossSearch on the Library home page. Enter the title of the article in quotation marks. The first reference in your CrossSearch is the full-text of the article by R.Chopra. You have located the article via the library, not via Google Scholar.