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Google Scholar Tips & Tricks: Searching Google Scholar

Get the most from Google Scholar

Basic Search

On Google Scholar search page:

1. Enter your search term;

2. You will get a set of results listed according to what Google considers to be the most relevant.

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3. Look for [Get it @ USEK] on the result list. Click on it to be redirected to the full text provided by USEK Library. Please see Library Links set up tab to set up your Library link.

4. Look for [DOC], [PDF] or [HTML] on the result list. When you see one of these options, just click on it to get the full text.

5. If you don't see [Get it @ USEK], [DOC], [PDF] or [HTML] on the result list, look for All versions--there may be a free full text version there.

6. If you still have not found the full text, look for Related articles under your article to see if articles on the same topic are available with full text.

7. Cited by provides you with the number of times an item has been cited and links to articles that cited the work.

8. Any time, Since... and Custom range: allows you to limit results to a date range.

9. Sorting: allows you to sort results by relevance or by date.

Advanced Search

  •  To pull up the Advanced Search, go to the regular Google Scholar search page.
  •  In the upper left corner of the page, press the hamburger button (three horizontal lines) to open a new menu. 
  •  Advanced Search should be the second to last option in the newly-opened menu.

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  • Google Scholar advanced search features are eight:

[1] All / [2] Exact Phrase / [3] At Least One / [4] Without:

  • Words entered into the first search bar should ALL be included in your result. 
  • Words types into the second search bar will be searched as an exact phrase. These words must be included together in the exact order you wrote them in.
  • When words are typed into the third search bar, Google Scholar will give you any result that included at least one of those words
  • When words are typed into the fourth search bar, Google Scholar will only return results without those words. This can be useful if your results are cluttered with things that are not relevant to your search.
[5] Where My Words Occur:
  • Selecting "anywhere in the article" will likely turn up a larger number of results, because the search engine can look for your keywords in more places. This is the Google Scholar default. 
  • Selecting "in the title of the article" may help improve the relevance of your results, because if your keyword is in the title, it is likely more important to what the article is about.
[6] Authored by/ [7] Published in/ [8] Dated Between:
  • The first search bar allows you search for results written by a certain author
  • The second search bar allows you search for results in a particular scholarly journal.
  • The last search tool allows you search for results from within a range of publication dates