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CS 5300: Graduate Student Professional Development

Google Scholar

If you would prefer to use Google Scholar, be sure to customize your Google account so you can access materials at the library.

  1. Choose Settings from the Top-Left Menu.
  2. Click "Library Links", and search for "Texas State University"
  3. Check the boxes next to Texas State University. Now your results will include links to articles in many of our library databases.

Keep in mind that Google Scholar does not search the same set of materials that are available in the library.

  1.  There are (a GREAT many) journals in Google Scholar that are not academic or authoritative. Interrogate their credibility more vigorously. 
  2. There are journals at the library that are not in Google Scholar. Not finding much? Go check the library itself.

Best Bets Databases

Other Important Databases

Web of Science

Web of Science is an extremely useful database for literature reviews.  It gives information like  times an article has been cited, and by whom.


CiteSeer also serves as a citation index showing who has cited whom.

Dissertations & Theses

Dissertations & Theses contains citations for dissertations & theses from 1861 to the present. Titles published since 1997 are available for download in PDF format.

Digital Collections @TxState

Digital Collections @TxState contains full text dissertations, theses, pre-prints, post-prints, datasets, journals, conference papers, reports, presentations from Texas State University.

What's Full Text Finder?

Can't tell if we have the full text? Click on the Full Text Finder icon.

Full Text Finder is a software program that will search all of the library's other databases to see if the full text is available anywhere else.

If the full-text article is available in a different database, the Full Text Finder will open a page with the full article.

If the full-text article is NOT available in any database, you have a couple of options:

  1. First, check the Periodical List—the library may have a copy elsewhere, and may even print copy of that journal. If we have a print copy, put in a GrADS request to have it scanned and sent to you.
  2. If the library does not own a print copy, order the article through InterLibrary Loan (ILLiad). Hint: if you log into ILLiad and then use the ILLiad on the Full Text Finder results page, it will automatically fill in your request form.