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Database Help

A guide with tips and videos to improve your database searching.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that focuses on scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. This is an excellent tool for known item searching or when you need to complete a partial citation. For databases more appropriate for comprehensive literature reviews, see our discipline-specific research guides.

Add Library Links

Get access to Reed library articles and resources from within Google Scholar.

  1. Go to Google Scholar with our custom link.
  2. Login with your Reed account to save this setting for future visits.

Now you'll get full text links to content provided by the Reed Library, in addition to PDFs and links to free content.

Request full text from Reed Interlibrary Loan

If you find an article in Google Scholar but can't get the full text, you can request it via Interlibrary Loan. We'll try to get it from another library and will email it to you as a PDF.

  1. In Google Scholar, select the double arrows just below the article description.
  2. Select "Get it from Reed Library". You'll go to the library catalog. (If you don't see a "Get it from Reed library" link, be sure to do the "Add Library Links" process (above) if you're off campus.)
  3. Login to the Reed Library to get request options.
  4. Select "InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Request".
  5. Login to Interlibrary Loan with your kerberos username and password.
  6. The article request form should be filled out. Review it, and select "Submit" at the bottom of the form.

If you get a registration screen instead of an article request form, that means it is your first time using Interlibrary Loan. Fill out the required fields and save. Go back to step 4 and repeat. (You'll only fill out the registration form once, so future requests will go straight to the request form).

If the above steps don't work, you can go directly to the Interlibrary Loan request forms and enter the required fields manually.