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Science Research: Google Scholar


About Google Scholar ...

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine. It looks like Google Web Search but searches only for scholarly materials, such as peer-reviewed articles, preprints, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, coming from a wide variety of sources, including: academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites.

Google Scholar offers 2 search interfaces: Basic Search and Advanced Search. To perform a Basic Search, simply enter keywords and phrases (put phrases inside quotation marks) in the single search box. To perform an advanced search, go to the Advanced Scholar Search page where you can specify keywords, phrases, authors, publications, dates, subject areas, etc. using the given options.

Google Scholar is a great tool to find scholarly resources. Having said that, it has its limitations, such as:

  • Lack of controlled vocabulary.
  • Insufficient limiting features and search options.
  • Scope of coverage is uncertain.
  • The timeliness of the information is uncertain/may not be provided.

We recommend using Google Scholar to supplement your searches using the Library's discovery tools and subscription databases.


Google Scholar Basic Search

Google Scholar Search
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