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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. 


  • articles and theses
  • books
  • abstracts
  • court opinions


  • academic publishers
  • professional societies 
  • online repositories 
  • universities 

Features of Google Scholar

  • Search diverse sources from one convenient place
  • Locate the complete document through your library (or on the web)

How are documents ranked?

  1. weighing the full text of each document
  2. where it was published
  3. who it was written by
  4. how often it has been cited in other scholarly literature 
  5. 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.

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.

Subject Guide

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