Developed in 2004, Google Scholar indexes scholarly material: books, journals, conferences, theses, preprints.
Google Scholar indexes scholarly material and provides information on the number of times the material has been cited.
There is no index of what Google Scholar includes and excludes
Google Scholar may be a good starting place, but it is not comprehensive enough to be the only place to do in-depth research.
Google Scholar is now linked to SU holdings. If you run a Google Scholar search from campus, Google will recognize that you are at SU, and offer a FullText@SU link. You may also set SU as your library for off campus searching in GS Settings - Library Links to get the FullText@SU link when you are off campus.
Check for the full text of articles in Google Scholar Results by searching Primo.
Initiate an interlibrary loan for articles not full text through the library's sources
A few tips for searching in Google Scholar:
You can really save some time by using the Advanced Search options if you are searching for specific publications, authors, legal or want to restrict the date.
To access the options, click on the arrow (pull down menu) of the search box.
You'll get options to restrict results to specific authors, publications, dates and more.
Keep it simple! Start by typing the name of a thing, place, or concept that you're looking for.
puppy training tips
london dinner cruise
Add relevant words if you don't see what you want after doing a simple search.
Even more precise:
dalmatian puppy training class
Don't worry if it takes several attempts to find the right words to describe your search.
Try words that a website would use to describe what you're looking for.
my head hurts
why is my head killing me
Why? Google matches the words in your search to the words appearing in pages on the Internet. "Headache" is the term that informative webpages are likely to use, so using that term will help you reach the type of information you want.
Use only the important words rather than a full sentence or question.
country where bats are an omen of good luck
bats good luck
Why? Generally, all of the words that you include in your search will be used to find matching content. Too many words will limit your results.
Let Google do the work! Certain types of searches will show you special information directly below the search box.
45 x .88
Sometimes Google search will act differently than what's described above if doing so could improve your search. Here are a few of these cases:
the who(likely referring to the band) and
who(likely referring to the World Health Organization).
overhead view of the bellagio poolwill give you nice overhead pictures from webpages that do not include the word "overhead."
Specific site: Locate information from a specific site or certain type of site, use the command "site:"
Example: italian language site:www.naz.edu
health insurance site:.gov
Explicit phrase: Enclose the search phrase within quotation marks
Example: "attention deficit disorder in children 2009"
Exclude words: Use the "-" in front of the specific word (no space between - and the excluded word!)
Example: attention deficit disorder -adults 2009
Similar words: Use the "~" in front of the specific word (no space between - and the excluded word!)
Example: internet ~job market
This OR that: Use the word OR (must be in caps!) between two keywords
Example: job opportunities OR job market
Word definition: To find a word definition simply use the "define:" command
Numeric ranges: Use a keyword followed by range of numbers
Example: autism cases 1995..2007
Find words in the title of the website: Use the command "intitle:"
Example: intitle:spanish influenza pandemic