Google Scholar is a search engine to broadly search scholarly literature, including articles, theses, books, and abstracts from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and more. By changing your settings, you can connect to articles and ebooks available from the University of Waterloo Library without having to search individual databases.
Google Scholar searches LOTS of material, searches full-text, lets you use natural language (automatically searches many synonyms, corrects spelling errors), lets you know how many times a source has been cited by others, and lets you resort your results. Be aware the search is not comprehensive - it doesn’t search everything, including all of our databases (i.e. Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals), and not always the most recent material.
Here is a list some of my favourite advanced search operators:
|Searching the Catalogue|
|Identifying Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources|
|Evaluating Sources Using RADAR|
|Online Image Collections|
|Text Visualization to Analyze Text|
|Data Visualization to Analyze Text|
|Writing Research Papers|
|Writing Technical Reports|
Here are instructions on how to update your Google Scholar settings to link to the University of Waterloo's collections: