Many searchers ask about the efficacy of using Web Scale Discovery (WSD) tools to search the health sciences literature. You may have noticed that NYU promotes EDS (Ebsco Discovery Service) on our main databases page.
Should you use this tool?
"Peer reviewed" (or "refereed" journals) are those that subject content to a critical review by other experts in the field prior to accepting a manuscript for publication. Thus, limiting your literature search to the peer-reviewed journals ensures a higher level of scholarship and research methodology. Magazines, trade journals, and newspapers tend to be "non-peer-reviewed," meaning perhaps just the editor or someone who is not an expert in the field has reviewed the content before publishing. How do you know if a journal citation is from a peer-reviewed journal?
Google Scholar is a time-saving, scholarly search interface accessible from within the Google interface. With Google Scholar, you can access peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book sections. For literature searching, specialized databases have more functionality and access more comprehensive results, but Google Scholar is a good tool to use for a search for a known item.
You can configure Google Scholar to:
Here's how to display NYU links:
The next time you search scholar.google.com, the GetIt at NYU option will be available next to accessible article citations.
Here's how to change settings for Bibliography manager: