Learn these operators and tips for Google Scholar... then use them for Google searches too (and in other databases, like Ebscohost and ProQuest)! Google Scholar automatically includes "and" between multiple search terms.
How do I search by title?
Put the paper's title in quotations: "A History of the China Sea."
How do I sort by date?
There is no sort by date feature. If you want to find recent papers, select the date range from the dropdown menu labeled anytime under the search box.
You can also receive newly added search results by email. To sign up for email updates, do a search as usual and click on the envelope icon on the green bar.
How do I search by author?
Use the "author:" operator, e.g., author:"d knuth" or author:"donald e knuth". See Google Scolar's Advanced Search Tips for more information.
How do I sign up for email alerts?
Do a search for the topic of interest, e.g. M Theory, click on the envelope icon on the green bar below the search box, and click "Create alert". Google Scholar will then periodically email you newly published papers that match your search criteria.
Do I need a Google account to receive email alerts?
No. If you're not signed in to a Google account, you can enter an email address of your choice. Then, Google Scholar will email you a verification link, which you'll need to click in order to start receiving alerts.
How do I get notified when my papers are cited?
Search for common spellings of your name in references, e.g., sw-hawking OR hawking-sw OR s-hawking OR hawking-s. If you get many results for different people that share your name, try adding last names of your co-authors or topical keywords to your search. You can tweak your search terms and preview a sample of results on the alert creation page.
How do I get notified when a particular paper is cited?
Search for the title of your paper, e.g. "Anti de Sitter space and holography", click on the "Cited by" link at the bottom of the search result, and then click on the envelope icon on the green bar below the search box.
How do I get notified of new papers published by my
competitors, err, respected colleagues?
Do a search by author, e.g., author:s-hawking, and click on the mighty envelope. Add co-author names or topical keywords if necessary.
How often do you send the alerts?
Google Scholar will send the alerts right after new papers are added to Google Scholar. This is generally done several times a week, except that their search robots meticulously observe holidays.
How do I unsubscribe?
There's a link to cancel the alert at the bottom of every notification email.
How do I change my alerts?
If you created alerts using a Google account, you can manage them all here. If you're not using a Google account, you'll need to unsubscribe from the individual alerts and subscribe to the new ones.
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