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    Google Scholar -- Any tips?

    The new Google Scholar search engine looks good at first glance. It should be useful for finding research on training & nutrition. I noticed a feature called "Find articles that cite this article." This is good to find more recent studies that might confirm, dispute or expand on the article you are reading.

    Does anybody have instructions or tips for using this feature on Google?

    Or other tips for searching for scholarly papers?
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    It's too bad that it links mostly to abstracts. It would be nice if they had a filter of some sort that would be able to screen for full text and not just abstracts. I am lucky, at my school I get to use thier database which links me to millions of full text articles on neumerous subjects. It's too bad that you can't use CINAHL, Ovid or Ebsco without having to pay. Ohh well the 30K worth of debt is good for something

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    Quote Originally Posted by !!Comatoa$ted
    It's too bad that it links mostly to abstracts. It would be nice if they had a filter of some sort that would be able to screen for full text and not just abstracts. I am lucky, at my school I get to use thier database which links me to millions of full text articles on neumerous subjects. It's too bad that you can't use CINAHL, Ovid or Ebsco without having to pay. Ohh well the 30K worth of debt is good for something
    I'm lucky too--I work at a hospital and can access all the medical databases they subscribe to.

    Here's a tip: Many public libraries subscribe to various databases. I can use mine at home if I go throught the library website and register with my library card number. All freee!


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    Many people in biomedical basic science and translational research (basic science -> clinical) use something called PubMed - it's a search utility done by NIH that searches through every journal that's even remotely biomedical as long as it reaches certain qualifications (publishing 12 months+, etc).
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed

    Unfortunately it is only a search and does not contain full text of articles (only abstracts). Some publishers are adopting a policy of turning over articles greater than 6 months old to free access. You will find a link in PubMed to the full text on the publishers website if this is the case.

    Nearly all publishers check your IP address to see if you are at a subscribing institution (i.e. university). I use a VPN at home so that I look like I am still on campus for access to the publishers my university subscribes to. As another person suggested - if a nearby campus lets the community use the library, you'd be all set. Some universities are requiring users to log on at the library to use computers and this would hinder your efforts, but this is not common in my experience.

    If you are in Rochester, NY I'd be happy to tell you where you can use computers for free at our university. The IT people never actually ask to see university ID unless you look really creepy and are hanging around after midnight.

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    I am a scientist and I never use Google Scholar. I know hundreds of scientists. They never use Google Scholar.

    www.pubmed.com

    Also, there are full articles in pubmed as well. Some are provided for free, some are for a fee. If you search enough, you will be able to find enough free articles to get the info you want. Since my institution suscribes to many journals, I get most for "free" anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    I am a scientist and I never use Google Scholar. I know hundreds of scientists. They never use Google Scholar.

    www.pubmed.com

    Also, there are full articles in pubmed as well. Some are provided for free, some are for a fee. If you search enough, you will be able to find enough free articles to get the info you want. Since my institution suscribes to many journals, I get most for "free" anyway
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    Well Google Scholar is very new, at least in its present form. It remains to be seen whether scientists will find it useful or convenient. I noticed that the Pubmed site itself is using Google Scholar for some of it's searches, Like "search for articles that cite this article." Also, I've been finding unpublished dissertations and theses on Scholar. Does Pubmed give you these?


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    PubMed only archives papers that have been peer-reviewed, so unless a thesis or dissertation was published in a refereed journal, it won't have it.

    +1 on your local library. But a university library is even better for this subject matter.

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    With some search engines (including Google Scholar, I believe), you have the option to filter for peer-reviewed articles. You can often choose which journals to search also. Dissertations aren't blind-reviewed, but they're vetted by a commitee of professors so there is some level of review.


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    I agree...while it is a good resource, I tend to use my university's database for the reason that we have access to thousands of full text articles. If I were you, I would see if I could get on an email list through your nearest university of a list of articles published in journals relating to exercise science. That is the method I use so that I do not have to subscribe to every journal. If there is an article I wanna look into, I get the table of contents every time a new edition is released.
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    Quote Originally Posted by !!Comatoa$ted
    It's too bad that it links mostly to abstracts.
    OTOH, you can skim through the abstracts in a fraction of the time it takes to find/download/peruse full papers, and often get as much from the abstract as may be needed.

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