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Note:  Google Scholar does not limit to peer reviewed articles only. How do I verify if my article is peer reviewed?

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is a specialized online search engine that can help you discover articles, books, and more from academic publishers and research institutions. Google Scholar searches very widely, so not everything you find using it will be available in the Walden Library.

Search Google Scholar

Find full text with Google Scholar:

  1. Access Google Scholar through Walden Library's website
    (If accessing Google Scholar directly, you need to manually link Google Scholar to Walden Library.)
  2. Search by article title, author, DOI, or keyword
  3. Click the Find @ Walden link on the right side of the page to access the full text through Walden.

Why use Google Scholar?

Librarians use Google Scholar frequently, but it is not a replacement for the library databases. 

We recommend using Google Scholar to supplement your Walden Library database searches, not replace them.

Benefits of Google Scholar

  • Cited by search results
  • Quick link to full text when you search for an article title
  • Links directly to Google Books
  • Ranks relevance differently than the library databases
  • Searches the full text for your keywords
  • Sometimes finds free full text for items not in the library
  • Comprehensive searching of scholarly literature beyond Walden Library for capstone literature review research

Drawbacks of Google Scholar

  • No Peer-Reviewed Limit
  • No Full-Text Limit
  • Difficult to do more complex searches


Relying on Google Scholar alone will cause you to miss important research, and spend a lot of time verifying if an article is peer reviewed. But, it is still a great tool for comprehensive searching!

Google Scholar help

These guides from Google will give you tips and tricks for using Google Scholar.