How to Use Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar

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A simple research tool for both looking up and organizing scholarly articles, books, court opinions and theses. Academics can create profiles to keep track of all publications and citations, as well as save other relevant articles for future research. This profile provides a valuable tool for both organizing data and sharing information. 

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Welcome to the Google Scholar Research Guide

Here you will find tools and information on both creating a Google Scholar Profile and Searching in Google Scholar. Here is a quick overview of what each page contains:

Getting Started: Information on enabling library settings and initially setting up Google Scholar Preferences.

Google Scholar Profile: This is for academics, researchers and professors who want to begin setting up a profile, adding publications and tracking and exporting citations. 

Research: For anyone interested in finding articles, books, journals, etc, this page contains tips and tricks to using Google Scholar for research, including the Google Scholar Library Tool and creating citations

Who uses Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is free for anyone to use to look up scholarly articles, books, theses, etc. Students, researchers, professionals, academics can all use Google Scholar as a database to look for peer-reviewed papers and references. A Google Scholar profile, on the other hand, is geared specifically towards researchers and academics

How does it work?

Features of Google Scholar

  • Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place 

  • Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications

  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web

  • Keep up with recent developments in any area of research

  • Check who's citing your publications, create a public author profile

How it works

Like most Google applications, Google Scholar uses Googlebot, which is Google's web crawling bot (sometimes also called a "spider"). 

Google uses a set of computers to fetch (or "crawl") billions of pages on the web. Crawling is the process by which Googlebot discovers new and updated pages to be added to the Google index. Googlebot uses an algorithmic process: computer programs determine which sites to crawl, how often, and how many pages to fetch from each site.