Using the internet to find scientific literature


Good news: you can use Google to look for references to scientific literature. They even have a special search engine for it:

bullet Google Scholar Google Scholar logo

This search engine indexes the full text of scientific journals from many publishers but it is not comprehensive. The product is under development and its coverage is growing. Citations to other types of publications can be found as well.

You can use Google Scholar's Library links to locate full text documents in Wageningen UR Library.


bullet Google Book Search Google Book Search logo

For books there is another separate search engine from Google. It has limitations due to copyright restrictions, only the older books are fully free accessible. On this occasion Google is cooperating with several major scientific libraries such as Massachuttes, Harvard and Oxford amongst others.


Another good source to find references is:

bullet Scirus Scirus

This search engine indexes the full text of scientific journals from many publishers and this also include many Open Acess (OA) repositories. Additionally a selection of scientific web pages can be searched

Note At this moment, there is not a seamless link with the electronic periodicals that are held by Wageningen UR. So, having found promising references to books and articles you will have to locate them in the library yourself to get to the full text, in electronic format or on paper.

mail icon Wageningen Digital Library, 6 February 2009