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What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar

Google Scholar indexes journal articles, books, abstracts, patents, and court opinions from universities, societies, publishers, online repositories, and other web sites to find scholarly information.

Use this Google Scholar link when searching from off campus or when exporting to RefWorks.

Google Scholar via EZproxy

Use this Google Scholar link when searching from off campus or when exporting to RefWorks.

What is Google Scholar good for?

  • Useful for locating hard-to-find literature.
  • Includes patents, legal documents and court cases.
  • Coverage is multi-disciplinary.
  • Indexes full text of documents.
  • Complements search results from other databases (such as PubMed and Web of Science).
  • Useful for identifying articles where only incomplete citation information is known.

What are Google Scholar's drawbacks?

  • Content is not necessarily peer reviewed.  Users must evaluate search results.
  • Update schedule is based on the speed at which Google's robots crawl websites.
  • Results are ranked by relevance, not chronologically.  Be sure to look carefully at dates.
  • Might not include pulications such as book reviews, news sections, editorials, announcements, and letters.

Search Tips

Google Scholar search results tend to be very large.  There are several ways to refine a search and narrow results.

  • Limit by date.
  • Search "Articles excluding patents."
  • Limit by year.
  • Use Advanced Scholar Search to
    • Limit by Subject Area.
    • Search by Title Words instead of Full Text
    • Search an exact phrase.
  • Search journal titles by full title as well as abbreviation.

Read Google's Advanced Scholar Search Tips.

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