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SOC 489: The Research Experience: Google Scholar

Google vs. Library Databases

Google Scholar Quick Search

Don't pay for full text! Set your Google Scholar preferences to show when Lister Hill Library has full text of articles. Use Illiad to request articles Lister Hill doesn't have.

Google Scholar Search

Tips for Searching Google Scholar

Use quotes for author, title, or exact phrase

Use + to include a stop word (a, the, for), words that would otherwise be ignored

Use to exclude results including the term: Halo –Xbox

Use OR to include either of your search terms: Incidence OR prevalence

Use  Advanced Scholar Search to find specific citations

About Google Scholar

  • Provides an easy way to search the scholarly literature
  • Searches across many disciplines  
  • Finds papers, theses, books, abstracts, articles, citations, and working papers that can be difficult to find
  • Searches full text of entire article 
  • Ranks results by relevancy, not date (user can choose date range to see historical or new articles)
  • Can be customized under Scholar Preferences to show links to Lister Hill Library full text, when available
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