Google Scholar can be a useful resource for finding literature. It's great for finding grey literature such as government reports, dissertations, and research presented at conferences. Clicking the "Cited by" link for a particular article can be an excellent way to find related research on a topic. However, there are a few caveats about using Google Scholar:
When using Google Scholar from off-campus, use the link below to enable access to UBC eLink. Also, please see the Grey Literature guide below for additional tips on using Google Scholar, and more sources and techniques for finding grey literature:
Grey literature includes any material that has not been published through traditional means, e.g. in journals. It is not often included in databases and can be difficult to locate. Examples include conference abstracts, preprints, government or association reports, and theses and dissertations.
It is a good idea to look for grey literature when you need to:
For more information on the types of grey literature in health sciences and how to find them, please consult the Grey Literature for Health Sciences research guide.