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Google Scholar Workshop

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Do you use Google Scholar for your research? Find out how it works, what it's good for, and how to use it to become a super researcher!

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Google Scholar Workshop

  1. 1. LEARN IT @ THE LIBRARY: GOOGLE SCHOLAR MANDI GOODSETT, PERFORMING ARTS & HUMANITIES LIBRARIAN
  2. 2. PLAN  Why use Google Scholar? How does it work?  Basic Searching  Advanced Search Tips  Citations  Getting Help
  3. 3. RESEARCH GUIDE
  4. 4. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT GOOGLE SCHOLAR?  Work on your own or with a partner to find the answers to the questions. Use the first two tabs in the library research guide at the following link to help you: http://researchguides.csuohio.edu/googlescholar
  5. 5. WHY USE GOOGLE SCHOLAR?
  6. 6. PURPOSE OF GOOGLE SCHOLAR
  7. 7. PURPOSE OF GOOGLE SCHOLAR  Convenient way to find research articles  Can explore related works easily  Links to the full text on the web or through the library  Keep up with scholarly conversation in a field  Can track citations
  8. 8. HOW DOES GOOGLE RANK RESULTS? "Google Scholar 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."
  9. 9. HOW DOES GOOGLE RANK RESULTS? "Google Scholar 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."
  10. 10. STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES OF GOOGLE SCHOLAR
  11. 11. STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES OF GOOGLE SCHOLAR Strengths  Helpful for finding articles related to subject of interest  Helpful for finding “grey literature”  Easier to find obscure references  Can search books and articles at the same time (although you can do that on the library website too)
  12. 12. STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES OF GOOGLE SCHOLAR Weaknesses  Can’t browse by discipline  Few sorting/limiting options  Many library resources not represented  Full text for everything not accessible  Ranking? What’s included?
  13. 13. WOULD YOU USE GOOGLE SCHOLAR?  You are writing a research paper for your English class and need to find peer-reviewed sources. Your topic is the play Hamlet and you need sources from common, authoritative journals in the field of literature.
  14. 14. WOULD YOU USE GOOGLE SCHOLAR? A. Yes B. No Yes No 50%50%
  15. 15. WOULD YOU USE GOOGLE SCHOLAR?  You have been assigned to do a project for your theatre history class. You are researching a fairly contemporary, obscure playwright for your project and are having trouble finding sources.
  16. 16. WOULD YOU USE GOOGLE SCHOLAR? A. Yes B. No Yes No 50%50%
  17. 17. WOULD YOU USE GOOGLE SCHOLAR?  You are writing a thesis paper and are trying to conduct as thorough of a literature review as possible about your topic, music therapy and autistic children. You have already reviewed the library’s resources.
  18. 18. WOULD YOU USE GOOGLE SCHOLAR? A. Yes B. No Yes No 50%50%
  19. 19. BASIC SEARCHING
  20. 20. QUICK REVIEW  How do I set my preferences to show Cleveland State in Google Scholar?  How do I eliminate results that are patents?  Where can I see how many times an article has been cited?  How do I get to the full text of an article I find?
  21. 21. ADVANCED SEARCHING
  22. 22. ADVANCED TECHNIQUES  Find related stuff  Related articles links  Cited by links  Use the reference list in relevant article
  23. 23. ADVANCED TECHNIQUES  Nifty searching tricks  Use “authored by” field  Use quotes for phrases  Use “where my words occur” field to get more specific
  24. 24. FIND IT! With a partner, find 2 articles about a topic you choose together. Fill in the info about your articles listed on the handout.
  25. 25. TRACKING CITATIONS
  26. 26. TRACKING CITATIONS
  27. 27. TRACKING CITATIONS Save articles to view later Track the citation of articles you have written Get alerts when others cite your work Get stats about the citation of your work
  28. 28. NEED MORE HELP?
  29. 29. GETTING HELP  Ask a librarian!  a.goodsett@csuohio.ed u  Ask Your Personal Librarian page  http://researchguides.c suohio.edu/googlescho lar  Google Scholar Help
  30. 30. MINUTE PAPER  1) One thing you learned  2) One thing you wish you knew more about/are still confused about  3) Any other comments or questions Don’t forget to fill out your survey as you leave!

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