The most efficient way to use Google Scholar is as a search engine to locate the full text of articles that Cuesta library does not own. You can also use it as a primary database, although the search capability is inferior to that of library-owned databases.
Google Scholar is not a database, it is a search engine. It uses the Google Search algorithms, but searches the same kinds of books, articles, and documents that you search using the Library's catalog and databases. Results are found by text word, not by topic. For more precise searching, use the library online catalog and databases.
Many of the articles in Google Scholar are full text. To find the full document, look for a PDF or HTML link to the right of the article title.
If you activate "Library Links" in Google Scholar, your search results will include full text from libraries that you borrow from.
The Google Scholar button is a highly effective browser plug-in for Google Scholar look-ups. It enables a user to search for an article title by highlighting the title in a database or Google search and pressing the Google Scholar button.
Use the button to transfer your article title search from a database to Google Scholar.