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BIO 104: Google Scholar & Web of Science

Library research guide for BIO 104

BIO 104

On this Research Guide we will go over two databases:

Google Scholar through KU

and

Web of Science

All GOOGLE is not created equal

Here at KU, the librarians have configured Google Scholar to work with some of the library databases to pull in the PDF of articles you have a paid subscription for as a student here.  To take advantage of this "extra", you need to use a special link.  You can get it by going to the A-Z Database link and selecting Google Scholar from that page, or use this link:   https://library.kutztown.edu/googlescholar

A Word of Caution:

  • Google SCHOLAR is a subset of the larger Google search engine. It searches only for articles from mostly scholarly sources where the holder of the copyright has allowed internet access.
  • There is a problem in academic publishing, sometimes referred to as "predatory journals."  These are made-up, online journals that charge authors to publish their articles, but the journals do not have legitimate peer-review, and will publish anything for a price.  Often these journal names are closely related to the names of legitimate journals, so be careful.  Google Scholar does nothing to filter-out these fake scholarly journals.
  • The Library provides a list of predatory journals, called Cabells Predatory Journals.  You can check a suspicious journal against this list.  And if you still have doubts, you can CHAT with a librarian, or email your professor.

 

More Tips for searching Google

  1. site:.[extension]   put in your keywords and then add site: [extension for website, like .com]
    • for example:  scholarships   site:.edu
    • site:.org for organizations; site:.gov for government sites
  2. Use quotes for names and phrases:  "Donald Trump"   "climate change"   "left wing"
  3. Use a hyphen to exclude terms:  football  -soccer
  4. Search a range of numbers with two dots:    2008..     100..150       ..50
    1. This works great with monetary vaules, for example, $10.00..$50.00

Web of Science

  • Web of Science  
    • Also called Science Citation Index.
    • As a Citation Database, it does not contain articles
    • Articles are linked through bibliographies.
    • Citations going back to early 1950's.
    • Largest science database at KU. 
    • Use Interlibrary Loan for articles.

Tips for Searching Web of Science

Here are some tips for working with Web of Science:

 

On the search results screen:

 

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