Search for Articles with Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides access to the Catholic University library catalog as well as several of the article databases the university subscribes to.

How to use Google Scholar

The Catholic University library catalog and a number of the article databases the university subscribes to are accessible through Google Scholar.

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Google Scholar: pros and cons

Many academics and students utilize Google Scholar, a particularly potent search engine for scientific publications. Finding and accessing articles that you are already familiar with or conducting a fast search on a subject are very helpful.

When you need a broad overview of the literature on a particular subject, such as for your thesis or literature review, Google Scholar is less helpful. This is due to the restricted possibilities provided by Google Scholar for using boolean operators (such as AND, OR, and NOT) to combine several search phrases. Google Scholar always does full-text searches on articles. However, you cannot limit your search to, for example, title or abstract. Advanced searching allows you to limit your search to certain fields (title, author, a specific journal, and date). and keyword fields (like Scopus) alone.

You cannot see the choices that Google Scholar makes for you. Based on algorithms that Google continually modifies, it ranks the search results and only displays the first 1,000 results of any search. The rating is based on variables that you might not be aware of, such as your location or language preferences.

Therefore, it is preferable to utilize a bibliographic database to obtain an overview of the scientific literature on a certain subject. Learn here how to select the top databases for your topic.

Getting access to publications

If you visit Google Scholar via the WUR Library website while on campus, you will immediately have access to the sources that are part of the WUR collections.

Make sure the Google Scholar website links to the WUR Library when you use it so you can easily access the authorized sources. Go to Settings in the top menu if you can’t find a “Get It from WUR” link next to your search results. Add Wageningen University & Research Library to the list by selecting library links in this section.

Visit How to Access Licensing Sources directly for additional details on how to access licensed sources away from school.

Tips to improve your search

The majority of these suggestions also work on Google; take note!

To search in certain “fields” or to filter results by a specific year range, use the Advanced search option (in the menu). Although these settings won’t function properly (see above), limiting the number of results can be useful.

When searching for numerous words that are close to one another and in the exact same sequence (such as in compound terms or an identical phrase), such as “climate change” or “the impact of climate change on food security,” use double quote marks. If not, Google (Scholar) will automatically join many words using the AND operator.

Use the OR operator to include alternate phrases. Google Scholar occasionally excludes apparent synonyms from your search. You may join these phrases by using the OR operator. learn more. You may also use | (a pipe) instead of OR, like in the following example, to discover heart infarction, myocardial infarction, heart attack, and myocardial attack.

  • Use the – operator to omit particular phrases. You are free to omit any number of words, such as mercury-ford-freddy-outboards-planet.
  • Allintitle: Be sure to just search for words that are in the title, like allintitle:agaricus bisporus.”
  • Filetype: Use filetype to focus your search on particular file formats. or ext: For instance, “agaricus bisporus” filetype:pdf
  • Site: Specify specific websites or domains for your search. For websites lacking effective search capabilities, for example, the “plant diseases” site at, this may be helpful. You may narrow your search by nation or kind of institution by using specific domain extensions, such as “plant diseases” (academic institutions in the USA).
  • To do more focused searches, combine all of the aforementioned terms, for example, carbon dioxide” or “carbon phosphorus.
  • Utilize additional helpful Google Scholar tools and customize your search using Settings. Create your own personal library of references (My Library), set up literary alerts, or let Google Scholar import citation links into EndNote or another reference manager, for instance. You must log in using your Google account in order to utilize these features.
  • Also keep in mind that Google offers several search engines for various sorts of sources, like Google Books and Google Patents.

Visit About Google Scholar for further advice and details.

On-campus access

Start your search at You may proceed now.

external access

You must configure Google’s options if you are off campus in order for it to display the resources Catholic University offers.

  • Visit at
  • Click Settings from the menu by selecting the menu icon in the left menu corner.
  • From the navbar on the side of the page, select Library Links.
  • In the text box next to Library Links, type CUA, then press the Search button.
  • Then click Save in the lower right corner after checking the box to the left of our university’s name.


Searching with Google Scholar

You may search Google Scholar using a keyword, author, or article title. There is also a more comprehensive advanced search available. When you see ViewIt@CatholicU in the result list, it signifies we have access to the article’s electronic copy. When you click ViewIt@CatholicU, the item will appear in our search box on the following page, along with a link to the full text.

Google Scholar is useful for carrying out quick searches across many different databases. We advise browsing specific subject databases for sophisticated or in-depth searches.

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