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Which search tools do I have access to, and what do they cover?

The search tools researchers typically use are Google, Google Scholar, Summon, and a variety of specialized research databases:

 For a description of these search tools click on the following links:

  1. Google
  2. Google Scholar
  3. Discovery
  4. Specialized databases (choose the subject guide for your field of study)

To choose a search tool, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Who is producing or publishing the information I need (individual researchers, government, research institutions)?
  2. How are they distributing their information (via websites, formal publications like books or journals)?

The Research Roadmap will give you an idea of where to find various sources of information within the Library's collection and on the open Internet.  If you are looking for commercially published information such as journals, books, magazines and newspapers, you’ll find them via the Library's collection using tools like Google Scholar, Summon and our specialized research databases.  If you are looking for government information, publications from organizations or associations, as well as non-commercially published information (grey literature), search the open Internet using Google or any other search engine.

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