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What Is It?

Google Scholar is is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

How to use Google Scholar and integrate Juniata College resources into your search results.

Pros & Cons


  • Searches scholarly articles, books, conference papers or prints and other materials all in one search
  • Can be linked with libraries (See below for instructions to link to the Juniata Library).
  • Links directly to Google Books
  • Links directly to cited or citing articles
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Can help find resources that would've needed an Interlibrary Loan.
  • Good replacement for when there is no access to scholarly sources


  • May not be current or comprehensive
  • Less precise than academic databases
  • May not cover older publications, particularly those not published electronically. (If it is not on the Internet Google cannot find it).
  • Many records only available as summary / abstract
  • Results ranked by algorithm which favors frequently-cited references.
    • Bias towards older references.
  • Updates to existing records take 6-9 months to a year or longer.

Adding Juniata Library to Your Results

1. Click on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the browser window. It may also appear as a gear symbol depending on your internet browser.

Location to click for Google Scholar Menu Options

2. Select the option for  "Settings" link from side panel.

Option Menu for Google Scholar

2. Click the library links option on the left hand side of the screen.

3. Type "Juniata College" into the search box and hit enter. "Beeghly Library -- Juniata College - Find It @ Juniata" should appear below the search box. Click the check box and hit save.

4. Now when you search in Google Scholar, you should see "Find It @ Juniata" in your results. When you click that link, it will take you into Journals @ JC  and show options for databases access.