Google's search engine for scholarly research: the ease of Google searching combined with the quality resources you find in library databases. It indexes citations, abstracts, and full-text articles, books, conference proceedings, theses, online repositories, patents, legal cases, and more.
Google works with libraries to determine which journals and papers they've subscribed to electronically, and then links to articles from those sources when they're available. Once you tell Google what library you're a member of, they keep an eye out for that library's subscription materials and provide special links to them in your search results. If you are using the campus network (including Off Campus Sign In), you'll automatically see Get VText links next to your results. If you are off campus, you'll need to tell Google Scholar which library you want to use:
Remember that Google Scholar does not publish which sources get indexed (though you can guess many based on search results) nor how often those sources are re-indexed. This means you cannot guarantee you are searching the complete archives of a publisher like IEEE, nor do you know if the latest publications will be included.
September 13, 2010