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Google : Using Google and Other Search Engines Effectively: Google Scholar

Google Scholar

However, there are also many "scholarly" journals and sources that aren't really scholarly. You still need to evaluate your results to ensure an item is truly scholarly.


  • It can help you identify journals and authors that cover your topic.
  • You may find obscure literature, like conference proceedings.
  • Search many formats, including books and journal articles, at the same time.


  • You can't limit your search to peer-reviewed material.
  • Limited capabilities for searching, limiting, sorting, and printing.
  • It ranks results based on where an item was published, who it was written by, and how often and how recently it has been cited.

Google Scholar Settings

1. My Library: Sign in to your Google account to view articles and other results you saved to your library. In your search results, click the "Save" link under the search result. Organize your library with labels.

2. My Citations: Sign in to your Google account to view your citations.

3. Alerts: Create an alert for a search and Google will periodically email you newly publishing articles that match the search criteria. You can also run a search first then click on the envelope icon in the sidebar of the search results page, enter your email address, and click "Create Alert." You do not have to have a Google account for this.

4. Metrics: Gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles. You can browse the top 100 publications in difference languages ordered by their h-index. You can also view of list of publications in a specific field, such as Computer Science or Psychology.

5. Settings: Change the number of results to show on one page, choose where results are opened, and view links to export citations to a citation management software.

6.Articles and/or Patents: Include or exclude patents and case laws in your search.

Google Search options

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search has more features to limit by: author, publication (journal), and date. Click the drop down menu beside the search box to get to the Advanced Search page.

Google Scholar Advanced Search

Options for entering words:

  • with all of the words: the results must of all of the words anywhere in the record.
  • with the exact phrase: the words will be searched together as a phrase.
  • with at least one of the words: use synonyms or word variations
  • without the words: enter words that you do not want in your results.
  • where my words occur: choose "anywhere in the article" or "in the title of the article"

Publication: enter journal abbreviation. You can only enter one publication at a time, so you may want to retry the search with the full journal title or other variations.

Date: Enter desired date range. You can also try the "Recent Articles" link at the top of the results page to limit to the recent 5 years.Google Scholar Advanced Search 12.14