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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.

Subject Guide

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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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