You might need a membership to read the full versions.
And while it's built with college or grad school students and other academics in mind — it can help those writing academic papers create bibliographies more easily — anyone can reap its benefits.
Here are just a few examples of what you can do through Google Scholar: You can create a library of research around a topic of interest, like global warming, and create alerts for it so that you're always up-to-date on the latest research.
You can gain deeper knowledge around a complicated topic, like studies in field of astronomy that you're interested in.
You can research case law to build a deeper understanding of American politics and the Supreme Court.
How to access material on Google Scholar Google Scholar itself is free to use as a search tool.
Still, paper abstracts — essentially introductions to and summaries of an article or study — are typically free and provide an overview of what's contained within.
Table 1: This table provides a list of free, online academic search engines for various science disciplines.
Note: The results of academic search engines come in the form of an abstract, which you can read to determine if the paper is relevant to your science project, as well as a full citation (author, journal title, volume, page numbers, year, etc.) so that you can find a physical copy of the paper.
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Established in 2004, Google Scholar is a massive database of scholarly literature that allows users to access information, cross reference it with other sources, and keep up with new research as it comes out.