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Finding Scholarly Journals on the Web


Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar

"Google Scholar is the best, most convenient, and fastest free tool to find relevant information on any topic from many scholarly sources."
-- Jacsó, Péter. "Amazon, Google Book Search, and Google Scholar." Online 32.2 (2008): 51-4.

Google Scholar allows you to search scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources. These include peer-reviewed ("highest academic standard") articles, theses, books, and abstracts. (See Scholarly vs. Popular Publications to learn about peer-reviewed articles.)

  • It is a useful tool for finding citations and summaries of scholarly articles. It will also find some full-text articles.
  • Google Scholar should be used along with our database collection because of its limitations.
  • While the search interface is easy to use, it has insufficient indexing, few advanced features and its definition of "scholarly" is unclear. 
 » Google Scholar Links to Full Text in Centennial's E-resources

Searches in Google Scholar are connected to Centennial Libraries journal holdings.

If the full text of the article is not available through Google Scholar, it may be available through our e-resources. Click on the Find it at Centennial link to retrieve the article's full-text.

This feature is turned on automatically if you are using Google Scholar on campus. For off-campus use of this feature, follow the instructions under Library Links on the Scholar Preferences page.


Full Text Journal List

  • Centennial Libraries' Full Text Journal List is another tool you can use to search for specific articles and journal holdings (includes open-access Internet journals and Centennial Libraries e-resources).


Other Scholarly Journal Sites

In addition to our e-resources collection and Google Scholar, use these scholarly search tools:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    Provides access to over 3000 scholarly journals, covering all subjects. Nearly one-third of these journals are searchable at the article level. "Open Access (OA)" refers to scholarly works published on the Internet - freely accessible to users - with the aim of increasing timely dissemination of new ideas and research.
  • Free Medical Journals 
    Links to over 400 journals and 600 books. These sources are sorted alphabetically and by specialty.
  • PubMed
    A service of the United States National Library of Medicine that includes over 17 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full-text articles. (Centennial Libraries also offers this database as Medline, an e-resource (provided by OVID and EBSCO): it has a different interface, and is used by the medical profession, students and educators.

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