Google Scholar is a web search engine.
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. If you have an authenticated login through your university, you will have free access to articles that the general public has to pay for.
Question: Why would you use Google Book Search?
Answer: Google Book Search (unlike WorldCAT) searches the full-text of the books in its inventory. WorldCAT is limited to searching only title, author, subject heading and other specific and limited information about a book.
Because Google Book Search lets you search within books, you can see a table of contents or an index or just a portion of a book. You can then locate the book in a nearby library.
See additional pages related to Source Types, Scholarly Journals, and Primary vs. Secondary Sources.
Wikipedia may provide accurate background information, but it must be verified and should not be cited as a source. The bibliographies and related links that follow Wikipedia entries can be very useful and reliable sources that are often appropriate to cite in research papers.
TIPS on using Wikipedia efficiently and wisely - See tutorial below.
Tutorial describing Wikipedia's uses and limitations for scholarly research.