Google Scholar is an alternative for possibly finding scholarly material online. It includes scholarly material not indexed by the main Google search engine, such a selection of content from university repositories.
If an article or other document is available for free, there will be a link on the right hand side of the screen. DO NOT ever pay for access to an article. If you find an article that you need and there isn't a free link on the right hand side, please contact the library and we will try to get the article.
You can also use quotation marks (" ") to specifically search a phrase. This helps to further limit your searches; for example, if you type in the words air pollution, the computer will look for any result with the word air and with the word pollution anywhere in the document. But if you search "air pollution" the computer will look for that combination of words together.
By using an asterisk ( * ), a.k.a TRUNCATION, it tells the system to search for any word that begins with the letters before the asterisk; for example when searching imag* the computer will bring back image, images, imagine, imaging, etc.
Most databases have a cite or citation button for each article. When you click on the cite/citation button (example), the database will generate a citation for you in any format of your choosing.
Typically, for history courses you will use Chicago, for humanities or liberal arts courses you will use MLA and for social science courses you will use APA.
Once you've selected your format of choice, you may use this citation in your own Works Cited, as a guide. It is important to note that there are sometimes mistakes with this citation generator; you must review the citation and ensure that the formatting is correct.