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Health Psychology

Google Scholar @ Pacific

Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is a subset of Google Web Search that enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including papers, theses, books, and reports.

Can I access Google Scholar to link to Pacific's Journal & Books?

Yes. Once in Google Scholar, Click on Settings, Library Links, Search for Pacific University, and select Pacific University (Get full-text article) as your institution. Here is

What should I do if I’m asked to pay for the full text?

Google Scholar often links to versions of papers and articles on commercial publisher websites. These sites will ask you to buy a subscription or pay to access an article... Do not pay for articles! Look for the Pacific University (Get full-text article) link. The Pacific University Library already provides access to many of the journal articles indexed in Google Scholar.

What should I do if the full text is not available?

Any time you have trouble accessing full text (or any question), for help. The Pacific University Library also provides access to materials not owned by or available through Pacific through our Interlibrary Loan system. 

What disciplines does Google Scholar cover?

Google Scholar covers all subjects: science, technology, social sciences and humanities.

Can I trust the resources listed in Google Scholar?

Not all Google Scholar results are “scholarly.” It is important to carefully review and assess each information source for its appropriateness and relevance to your research.

What does “cited by” mean?

Google Scholar includes a list of references under each article and paper, so when an author cites old materials, even outdated information, these appear in your search results. These citation counts may not be as accurate as those in another Pacific database, Web of Science

What should I do if I can’t find the resources I need in Google Scholar?

If you’re not finding the information you need in Google Scholar, don’t forget that the Pacific University Library offer hundreds of article databases on a wide array of subjects

Does Google Scholar work with any of the bibliographic management software?

YES!  Google Scholar supports several bibliographic management softwares: BibTeX, EndNote, RefMan, RefWorks and WenXianWang. Using the "preferences" link, choose the software you are using. 

How can I get more help?

There’s always help available: Ask-A-Librarian.

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•GPO (Government Printing Office) (


•Census Bureau, NIMH, NIH, CDC, SAMHSA, et al.

Cited Reference Searching


Grey Literature


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