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Library Basics - Online Edition

Need to find resources for your paper or project? Here's a quick guide that will introduce you to some of the basic resources that you can use for your paper or project. This Online Edition focuses on just the resources that the library provides online.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar



One web resource that you can use that may work for some of your assignments is Google Scholar. Unlike a regular Google search, Google Scholar searches journal articles from various academic publishers.  In general, a Google Scholar search should get you more relevant results for your assignment than a regular Google search.  Here's a chart of some of the advantages and disadvantages of Google Scholar:


Advantages Disadvantages
  • Searches a wide array of publishers and journals. You may be able to find something in Google Scholar that you can't find elsewhere.
  • Most of the journal articles are behind a paywall. This means that you won't be able to access the articles unless the publisher has made them open access.
  • Full text is available for some articles. Here's a sample of what a full text link looks like: Google Scholar full text link
  • It's harder to see what Bethel provides unless you're on campus. When you are on campus, you'll see links with the phrase: Full Text Finder.  These are additional resources you have access to, but you may not see them when off campus.
  • Searching is similar to a regular Google search. It's familiarity may make it easier to use.
  • Searching is similar to a regular Google search. You are limited in your search options and capabilities.
  • It's most useful when you need to track down a tricky to find article that you can't find elsewhere.
  • For general article searches, using the regular Bethel databases tends to be easier to use.