While Google Scholar is a research tool that I use all of the time, I tend not to limit my searching to Google Scholar only. In addition to Google Scholar, for full-text access to scholarly and peer reviewed journal articles, as well as full-text access to scholarly e-books in all subject areas, start with the MSOE library's Discovery service, Summon. Summon is a customized search engine that searches all of the full-text databases available from the library. A link to Summon is available on the library homepage at http://www.msoe.edu/community/campus-life/library/page/1960/library-home. Links to the library's databases are available at http://www.msoe.edu/community/campus-life/library/page/1973/alphabetical-databases-a-b, and links to the e-book databases are available on the e-books page at http://www.msoe.edu/community/campus-life/library/page/2003/e-books. Access to more than 100,000 journals is available through the library databases -- many full-text scholarly journals are available, which cannot be accessed through Google Scholar. More than 280,000 e-books are available in full text through the e-book databases. If an article or book is not available in the library or through the library databases, you can use the online Interlibrary Loan service to request materials (see http://www.msoe.edu/community/campus-life/library/page/2013/borrowing-from-other-libraries). Handy guides to all of the databases and services -- arranged by academic program -- are available at http://libguides.msoe.edu/. And you can always ask the librarians for help -- on the Hub or via e-mail at email@example.com. Finally, for help with formatting references in thousands of format styles (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), you can use the online bibliographic management program, RefWorks. A link to RefWorks is available at http://www.msoe.edu//community/campus-life/library/page/1979/alphabetical-databases-p-z. The library maintains a subscription to RefWorks for all students. Online video tutorials on how to use RefWorks are available at http://refworkscommunity.ning.com/video. Lots of databases and services are available to help you to succeed!
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Milwaukee School of Engineering
I just went to the Summon link to check on something for a student's research paper. Very cool resource! Is it new?
The Summon search is a fairly recent addition to your searching options. I like it for a few reasons:
- It is like doing a Google search within the library's holdings so you know the quality of the information will be better than your normal Google search.
- You can conduct an advance search that allows you to enter more than one term at a time for more precise searching.
- After a search you can use the facets to the left of the results to whittle down your choices to get to the kind of info you want. Full-text? Peer reviewed? Particular format? You can easily hone in on what looks good to you.
If you try all this and still have problems finding what you're looking for, please remember that there are librarians ready to help you, too.
Yep, I've suggested students talk with a librarian when they get stuck in their research
I really liked Summon. I stumbled across a book of German children's recollections of the WWII years. Of course the boys and girls are in their seventies now. But it was fascinating (and horrifying, especially reading about Dresden) to hear about events from their perspective. I would never have found this book without the Summon tool.
Thanks for all of these awesome resources!