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6 Important Google Scholar Tips for Teachers and Students (Poster)

June 1 , 2016
Google Scholar is one of the best academic search engines that you can use to search for a wide variety of scholarly literature. It covers materials such as dissertations and theses, conference papers, journal articles, abstracts, technical and legal reports, pre-prints and many more. To help you make the best of Google Scholar, here are six important search tips you should keep in mind when searching Scholar for academic articles. We have included these tips in the poster below which you can print out and use with your students in class. Enjoy

Google scholar tips

  1- Refine your keywords

  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Click on the arrow to the right of the search box
  • Choose which words or phrases you want to include or exclude
2- Search for articles by specific authors
  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Click on the arrow to the right of the search box
  • Type in the name of the author in the box next to ‘Return articles authored by’
3- Search for articles in a specific publication
  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Click on the arrow to the right of the search box
  • Type in the name of the publication in the box next to ‘Return articles published in’
4- Search for articles published within a specific timeframe
  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Click on the arrow to the right of the search box
  • Specify a timeframe by providing numerical values in the boxes next to ‘Return articles dated between’
5- Create Google Scholar Alerts
  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Click on the envelope icon ‘Alerts’ on top of the search box
  • Alternatively, you can create an alert from within a Google Scholar search result by clicking on the envelop icon on the left hand side.
6- Locate the full text of an article
  • 'Click a library link to the right of the search result;
  • Click a link labeled [PDF] to the right of the search result;
  • Click "All versions" under the search result and check out the alternative sources;
  • Click "Related articles" or "Cited by" under the search result to explore similar articles.'
To learn more about Google Scholar visit Scholar Help Centre.