Introduction to Google Scholar


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  • For those who may not know…Google Scholar is a great place to start your research. Especially, if you know nothing about the field and want to get your hands on research. It’s a good jumping off point.It is a quick, easy way to find higher level sources that are going to make your research more rich
  • Say, for example, you are doing research on reconstruction. If you plug that into Google you might get results about home remodeling, its ambiguous. Google Scholar narrows it down by limiting the results to scholarly and academic output
  • Google Scholar is going to give you results that draw from the academic side of the web
  • When you get results from a Google Scholar search they look very similar to a regular Google searchClicking on the title will link directly to the article abstract, or full-text which can be downloaded.
  • Many of the articles in Google Scholar are in databases that are restricted to subscribers.Luckily, UNC students can access many of them.
  • Citation chaining can be really helpful when you are first beginning your research. Not only will you be building a stronger bibliography but you’re going to add depth to your researchFor example, use the “Advanced Scholar Search” to search only things published in the last 2 years
  • A lot of times the articles you find through a Google Scholar search will lead you to more articles, and different resources that you can
  • Introduction to Google Scholar

    1. 1. What is Google Scholar?• It is a free web search engine that indexes scholarly publicationsfrom many disciplines.This means you are searching a range oftopics all at once, and you will get different search results.• Much of the content is available in full-text• It allows easy access to published and peer-reviewed articles• Easy to navigate in the familiar Google format• Results are ranked by how relevant they are to the search query
    2. 2. How is Google Scholar different from a standard Google search?• Google searches theWeb and retrieves any results that match yourquery• So, you may get some academic results, but most likely the firstresult will be a Wikipedia article, and subsequent results could befrom just about any source• Google Scholar filters your search results to only find scholarly journalarticles and books
    3. 3. Is Google Scholar credible?• Google Scholar gives you books, journals, and articlespublished by experts in their field• You can see how many other scholars have cited a particularsource, and gauge the visibility and influence of scholarlypublications• Citation metrics are a good measure of impact, and howreliable the source is• Results never includeWikipedia articles
    4. 4. Access Google Scholar…..By navigating directly…Or, from the library homepage…
    5. 5. Files may be available in PDF format, as web pages, or as presentationsGoogle Scholar Features
    6. 6. How do I get the articles I found in Google Scholar?• Click on the article to see if you can link directly to it• Some of the articles on Google Scholar are on publishers’ databases andare restricted to subscribers. UNC students can access many of them.The first thing you should do is tell Google Scholaryou are affiliated with UNC – CH, so it can providelinks directly to the Library’s E-Journals.
    7. 7. Set Scholar Preferences
    8. 8. Helpful tips• Citation chaining using the “cited by” feature• “Advanced Search” allows you to search within a particularjournal, time period or discipline• You can import your Google Scholar Search results intoRefWorks, or other citation manager• If the article or book is not in the UNC collection, you may be ableto interlibrary loan it
    9. 9. Keep In Mind…• You can’t rely on Google Scholar alone, but it’s a good place to start• Pay attention to the credibility of the source – consider bias, authorityand currency – regardless of where the material is from