Google Scholar [scholar.google.com] is different from Google. Google searches public web content - if your instructor says not to use Google, they probably mean they don't want you to use content from the public web. Google Scholar, however, searches journal and conference papers, theses and dissertations, academic books, pre-prints, abstracts, technical reports and other scholarly literature.
Is Google Scholar right for my research?
Google Scholar is useful for:
Google Scholar cannot:
Searching in Google Scholar is imprecise when compared with discipline-specific databases. If your research requires very comprehensive searching, or if you are not satisfied with Google Scholar's results, use individual research databases.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/
On-Campus? Google Scholar will automatically display links for access to the full text of search results.
If you do not see the word Settings, look for the cog icon.
Select Library Links from the Scholar Settings menu.
Click SAVE to keep your changes.
There may be several options for getting to the full text. Find it @ GSU will either provide access to the full text of the article or provide a link to request a copy through Interlibrary Services (free for you). Don't pay if prompted. Check with the GSU library first.
If you don't find the full text and don't see the Find It @ GSU option, click on the double arrows ">>" under the citation to display Find It @ GSU
The Cited by link under the Google Scholar citation is another way to expand your search and find more relevant articles. When you click on the Cited by link, you will find other publications that cite the article.
You can also search within the publications that cite the article. Select the checkbox that says "Search within citing articles" and add additional terms to narrow your search.
To refine your search results, use the limit options to the left of your search results.
To use Google Scholar Advanced Search options, click on the menu icon in the top left corner of the Goggle Scholar homepage.
Click on "Advanced Search".
Advanced Search lets you search in the author, title, and publication fields, as well as limit your search results by date.
find articles on the same topic as the citation
All # versions: find other versions of the article found on the internet
Cite: click on the Quotation Mark icon to open the Cite Window. Copy and Paste the formatted citation or use one of the links to import the citation into a bibliography manager.
This guide was adapted from the University of Connecticut Library's "Finding Information: Using Google Scholar" Guide licensed under CCBYNC 4.0.