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Google Scholar: an Introduction to Google Scholar: Home

Use this guide to help you begin your research using the search engine Google Scholar!

About Google Scholar

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What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources:

  • articles,
  • theses,
  • books,
  • abstracts and
  • court opinions,

from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Features of Google Scholar

  • Search diverse sources from one convenient place
  • Find articles, theses, books, abstracts or court opinions
  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
  • Learn about key scholarly literature in any area of research

How are documents ranked?

  • weighing the full text of each document,
  • where it was published,
  • who it was written by,
  • how often it has been cited in other scholarly literatureand
  • how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature.

Disclaimer: Legal opinions in Google Scholar are provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed lawyer. Google does not warrant that the information is complete or accurate.

Best practices - Procedure


Want to be a master at Google Scholar? 

This guide describes what Google Scholar is and will help you:

  1. Set your Preferences to show items available through TCC Libraries.

  2. Get familiar with Basic Search Operators. Use these to refine your search.

  3. See search helps to search by

  4. Set up Email Alerts for notification of future articles, based on your search criteria.

Subject Guide

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Adam Brennan
Metro Campus

Research Guide

Lauri Rebar and Alyse Ergood from Florida Atlantic University created the original training guide.  It has been adapted with permission for Tulsa Community College.

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