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.
Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.
Google Scholar is used to find scholarly literature from a wide variety of sources, including books, journal articles, technical reports, and conference proceedings.
Just like Google's web search, Google Scholar uses relevance ranking that should result in the most relevant results appearing at the top of the page. This ranking takes into consideration the full text of the article, how often it has been cited in the scholarly literature, and other factors.
Features of Google Scholar
- Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place;
- Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications;
- Locate the complete document through your library or on the web;
- Keep up with recent developments in any area of research;
- Check who's citing your publications, create a public author profile.
Google Scholar Settings
You can preset Google Scholar to display the results of your search the way you like, or to search in a particular language, or in a given library. To do so:
- Click on "Settings";
- Choose the collection you want to search (Articles including patents, Articles excluding patents, or case law);
- Choose the number of results you want to be displayed on a result page;
- Chose whether the results should open in the same window or in new windows;
- Click on "Languages" and the choose the languages you want. (You can choose the display language and language of the results);
Google Scholar Metrics
Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Scholar Metrics summarize recent citations to many publications, to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research.
To start Google Scholar Metrics:
- Click on "Metrics". This will display the top 100 publications in English. These publications are classified under 8 main subejct categories. Each subject category is further divided into several subcategories.
- Click on a subject category. This will display publications under that category.
- Click on "Subcategories" and choose the subcategory you would like from the list that popup. This will display publications under that subcategory.
You can click on the other languages to see the top 100 publications of those languages.
The Metrics show :
- Publication Title
Google Scholar Basic Search
- Type in the search box your search key words. The search results look like in the photo overview at the bottom of this page (No. 1 - 3).
- Filter you search results
- Click on a date under "Any time" to display results published from that date. Or, click on "Custom range" to put a time interval (start date and end date).
- Uncheck the box before "include patents" to exclude patents.
- Uncheck the box before "include citations" to exclude citation of articles which are not linked to original articles.
- Sort the results
- Click on "sort by relevance" to sort the result by relevance to your search keywords.
- Click on "sort by date" to sort by publication date of articles where the latest ones on top.
Google Scholar Advanced Search
To perform an advanced search in Google Scholar (see photo instructions No. 4).
- Click on the 3 horizontal lines on the upper left side, to display "Advanced Scholar Search" box.
- Use the operators to specify your search type.
- Use filters to limit refine you search results by a given author, a publisher, or specify a time frame for publication date of the articles.
1. Google Scholar Basic Search
2. Google Scholar Basic Search
3. Article View in the Result
4. Google Scholar Advanced Search
A comprehensive guide to using Google Scholar to search
Google Scholar is an essential tool for any scientist! In this video, we are going to walk through every part of Google Scholar step-by-step.