Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2016     Views: 55

Library Search and Google Scholar are both search engines that let you quickly search across a massive index of scholarly information. While the two search engines provide access to overlapping content, some content that is findable in one is not findable in the other. Both allow you to cast a wide net and explore potential sources of information and rank results based on proprietary algorithms, which neither has shared with the public. Library Search prioritises books, eBooks, journals, eJournals, newspapers etc. that University Library owns. It also gives priority to recently published items and to scholarly, peer-reviewed journals (according to Ulrich's). The information provided in About Google Scholar indicates that Google Scholar ranks results by "weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature."

If you want to conduct a comprehensive search, you need to use Library Search in conjunction with other Library Services tools, like our research databases.