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Google Scholar: Using Google Scholar

Make the most of Google's search tool for scholarly sources.

Advanced Search Options

Be sure to use Google Scholar's Advanced Search Options to get more precision in your results. Access Advanced Search by clicking on the arrow in the search box on the main page.

The Advanced Search options will help you get results that are a better fit for your research project.

You can also use search operators directly in the search box to further manipulate your results.

Refining Results & Finding the Full Text of a Document

On the left-hand side of the search results page, use the options on the toolbar to refine your search results.

To access the full-text of a document, look to the right of the result you want.

   - When you are on a campus network or have logged in with the Library Link, documents available through our library will have a link on the right that says Find it @ Stetson Library. Clicking on this link should take you straight to the full document in a library database.

   - Some results may have a link to a PDF or html document that allow you to access the document.

   - If this space is blank, you may not have free access to the document. Contact a librarian for assistance or fill out an interlibrary loan request form to request the document you need.

Finding Citing Articles & Related Articles

Under each item in the list of search results are a number of links. Most items have a link that says Related articles. Clicking on this link will lead you to articles on related topics. Many items also have links that say Cited by ###.  The number indicates how many articles have cited this source in their references page since it was published. Click on the link to see a list of those articles. 

The box below shows my results list after I clicked on the Cited by link for an article, "The dark side of information." Now I have an option to check the box that allows me to search within citing articles. After checking that box, I added the keyword Google and pressed the search button. Now, in the results page I have a list of articles that cite "The dark side of information" that also mention Google.

Citing & Saving Articles

Under each item on the results page, there is also a link that says Cite. This link allows you to copy a citation for the source in MLA, APA, or Chicago, or export to Refworks.

You can also save a source to your Google account. To do this, click on the Save link below your source, and login to your account if necessary. To get back to the articles you have saved, just click on My library on the left-hand side of the page.

Another way to export sources from Google Scholar to Refworks is by adding a citation import link. To set this up, go to Settings in Google Scholar. Under Bibliography manager, click the button next to Show links to import citations into and choose Refworks from the drop-down menu, then press Save.

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