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WHAT IS GOOGLE SCHOLAR?
Google Scholar is a simple way which makes it easier for students, researchers
and people associated with the academia to conduct broad research for
scholarly literature, articles, peer-reviewed papers, thesis, books and
various academic resources.
The search titan Google came up with the finest of its application in the year
2004 and named it Google Scholar. The aim of this application is to make
academic research convenient for students, teachers and scholars.
USE OF GOOGLE SCHOLAR IN ACADEMIC
Millions of university and private libraries
and other repositories have also linked up
with Google Scholar to contribute to the
database by offering their publications. However, majority of these libraries
reveal only a certain portion of source text which matches the topic of research.
In order to gain full access to the article, users need to use the subscription
service of these libraries by paying a certain monetary amount.
BASIC FEATURES OF GOOGLE SCHOLAR SEARCH ENGINE
Academic search engines allow users to carry out their research on factors of
citation count and date of publication whereas with Google Scholar, the
researcher can precisely come across results in order of relevance, citation,
quality, ranking and full text accessibility.
ADVANCED SEARCH FEATURES OF GOOGLE SCHOLAR
The advanced search features of Google Scholar provide academic researchers
and scholars with the options of researching material by date, type, subject
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category and name of author/authors hence returning results which are
tailored to the exacting specifications of academic requirements.
SEARCH BY AUTHOR NAME
Search by Author feature provides the option to search materials and resources
published or authored by a specific author.
SEARCH BY DATE RANGE
Search by Date feature allows users to set a date
range for any publication hence limiting results
between pre specifies time ranges.
SEARCH BY PUBLICATION
Search by Publication provides the option of researching articles and research
papers in certain journals, papers or manuals by restricting the research to
specific journals by type, category or subject.
SEARCH IN SPECIFIC SUBJECT AREA
The search option to research within specific subject categories give users the
option to conduct searches in the following subject areas:
 Biology, Life Sciences, and Environmental Science
 Medicine, Pharmacology, and Veterinary Science
LEGAL OPINIONS AND JOURNALS
The Legal Opinions and Journals search feature allows you to limit your search
to legal opinions and journals by either selecting the option itself from the
advanced search page of Google Scholar or by select the type of collection from
the drop down menu displayed on the search results page.
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SEARCH OPERATORS FOR USING GOOGLE SCHOLAR
It includes common words, letters and numbers which are normally ignored by
Google’s search technology.
Example: [+de Souza]
It excludes all results that include a particular search term, keyword or term.
Example: [apples -author:apples]
It only displays results which include a particular phrase word or term in it.
Example: [“ bio chemical data”]
This operator returns results that include either one of the search
terms, as specified in the research.
Example: [finance OR money]
It only returns results that include your search term in the document’s title.
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LIMITATIONS OF GOOGLE SCHOLAR
A limitation with Google Scholar is that even after six years of its launch, it is
the beta version meaning it is still undergoing development of its database.
Nonetheless, it is the best tool which simplifies the research process of scholars
by exposing them to diverse literature.
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