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Google Like a Scholar

Link to Google Scholar


About Google Scholar

  • About Google Scholar
  • Google Scholar Search Tips (from Google)
  • Why use Google Scholar?
    • It’s relatively easy to use.
    • You can search a huge amount of content available in multiple journals and databases with one search.
    • Your search will include some types of grey literature (e.g. conference papers/abstracts, theses) not included in other databases.
    • It will try to find you full-text links where possible.
  • Some precautions when using Google Scholar:
    • Not all articles are available in Google Scholar. Publishers have to make article data available to Google to be included. For example, compare Google Scholar to PubMed and Scopus.
    • Google's impact metrics and method of ranking are unique to Google. Google does not disclose how articles are ranked, but says it "aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature".
    • When Google Scholar cannot locate a free version of the full-text of an article, you may encounter messages encouraging you to pay for that article. We encourage you to contact THP Libraries first, so that we can locate a copy for you instead!

Google Scholar Advanced Search

The Advanced Search features in Google Scholar can be found by clicking on the icon in the top left corner of the homepage:

When you hit Advanced Search, a pop-up window will be displayed, along with more options to focus your search:



  • Some settings can be changed without a Google account (by going to “Settings” on the top left-hand corner of the Google Scholar homepage) – this includes adding “Library Links”.
  • After running a search, you have option to “Create Alert” which will email it to yourself (without requiring an account).
  • But if you log in to a Google account ( when using Google Scholar, you can easily save settings, including across devices: you can manage your alerts; save articles; and track your personal publications.