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Google and Google Scholar: IRC Search Box vs. Google Scholar

Ideas to improve your searching using advanced features of Google & Google Scholar.

Search Box

Google Scholar is useful,  but the IRC Search Box just might be better! Take a look at the IRC's search box to find books, ebooks, and articles from most of the IRC's research databases & catalog.

You can also search individual databases. Searching databases individually can allow you a more focused search & may provide additional ways to limit your results.


IRC Search Box & Google Scholar

The IRC Search Box and Google Scholar are both search engines that let you quickly search across a massive index of scholarly information.

The IRC Search Box and Google Scholar search different bodies of scholarly content. There is overlap, but there is content findable in the Search Box but not Google Scholar, and vice-versa.  The two search engines perform relevance ranking in very different ways.

Some features unique to the IRC Search Box:

  • Results are reflective of the IRC's collection — as an IMSA student or staff member, you have access to mostly everything you can find in the search box.
  • Find print/physical material in the Library collection — The IRC Search Box contains all our Library Catalog records and can be used for finding print material and media in the library.
  • Find materials in the other 80+ libraries in our consortium (I-Share). These items are available for borrowing.
  • Useful search refinements:
    • “Items with full text online”
    • “Limit to articles from scholarly publications, including peer-review”
    • “Limit to IMSA IRC or include other IL academic libraries" - select IMSA only, or include the other libraries
  • Saved Items — email, print, cite, export to RefWorks/EndNote/BibTex

Some features unique to Google Scholar: