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MA 104: Essentials of Human Disease

Guide to human disease resources to use in your research.

What are the Differences?

Google Scholar focuses on the scholarly literature available on the Internet.  This includes, articles, theses, books, abstracts, U.S. court opinions, and patents, found on the websites of academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and more. 

Links to the full text will display if you begin the search from the list of library databases and if the Consortium Library subscribes to the journal title, or if it's from an open access journal, or if the researcher posted the article on her/his website.

Google has a broader scope and looks for all information found on websites. 

Google uses a program to identify scholarly works, not a real person.  So be careful and double-check that what you find is in fact scholarly. 

Test the Difference

Look up autism in both Google and Google Scholar.


Begin your Google Scholar search from the library's list of databases to gain access to more full text articles.

Tips for Searching Google Scholar

Open the "hamburger" menu (red arrow) and choose the Advanced Search.

Advanced search options: