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STAT 310: Spatial Statistics

Professor Claire Kelling

Searching for Peer-Reviewed Articles

Google Scholar is a quick, easy way to locate articles for your assignment. There are advantages AND disadvantages of using Google Scholar. Below are some of the pros and cons of using Google Scholar for literature searching.

Free, familiar, and easy to use Coverage is not comprehensive; should not be your only source.
Searches a wide variety, including articles, books, reports, and patents, etc. Links to many resources that are not free to access
Easy to find articles related to the ones you're interested in Unclear how it decides what is "scholarly" material
Can link you directly to Carleton's Gould Library materials Limited options for narrowing results, including peer reviewed articles
Can save citations and articles for later Links directly to publisher websites, where access may not be free

Check the formatting of the citations provided. They are not always accurate.

Additional Resources

Below are two recommended databases you can use in addition to Google Scholar for finding relevant articles. These databases are useful not only for this class, but also all for STEM disciplines and more. For more information on how to use these resources, you can consult the Web of Science Help Guide from UMN and How to Use ScienceDirect from Empire State University, or schedule an appointment with your librarian.

Finding Books


The Gould Library has rich collections of books, journals, government documents, and other resources. You may access them via Catalyst, the online catalog that is shared by Carleton and St. Olaf. You may search Catalyst by title, author, subject, or word.