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Searching Google Scholar scholar.google.com
You can use the Google search operators in Google Scholar, plus some other search techniques.
Searching with a title of an article?
Put it in quotes: “How today's college students use Wikipedia for course-related research"
author: finds papers written by
author:washington returns papers written by people with the name Washington
washington –author:washington finds the word washington, but excludes papers written by people named Washington
Once you do a search you’ll have options to limit:
by time, including setting your own date range
sorting by relevance or by date
including or not including patents and citations in your search
Be on the lookout for links you may see below the snippet of the article or citation
Cited by Learn what other sources in Google Scholar have cited it
Related articles Google has its own algorithm for determining similar articles
Versions Especially helpful if your initial result doesn’t link to the full-text. Maybe another version will.
Web of Science Learn what other sources from the Web of Science database (a library subscription) have cited it.
Cite Shows the format for MLA, APA and Chicago styles.
To get to the Advanced search in Google Scholar,
after doing a search
click on the down arrow
on the right side.
Setting Alerts in Google Scholar
After you do a search, click on the link to "Create alert." All you'll need is an email address. You do not have to have a Gmail account. You'll be notified when there are new results that match your search(es).