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Literature Review & Research Skills Guide: Use Google Scholar

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar allows you to locate resources such as articles, theses and books.

Unlike Primo Search, which is set to search the Library's holdings only, Google Scholar searches beyond Charles Sturt University Library and will include resources that are not available to you.

Set up Library Links to access the Library's online resources using these instructions.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine for scholarly information. It makes available information records that its 'robots' find or that an author, university repository, or journal publisher have chosen to list. It is useful because it searches across many resources and returns many resource types, including journal articles and book chapters, though it is important to note that results are not always from academic-quality sources and it will return both results you do have access to via Charles Sturt Library, and those you do not.

The video to the right provides you with an overview of Google Scholar, including how to change the settings so that it shows you which search results are held in Charles Sturt Library's collection:

Citation Searching

You can see who has cited a resource from the results page in Google Scholar. Once you've located a source you like, you can view who has cited that resource by clicking on the 'Cited by x' link beneath the item record.

You will then see all of the resources that have cited the original item. Keep in mind that this does not include every resource that has ever cited the original item - it only includes those resources that are indexed in Google Scholar.


In the Google Scholar Search box at the top of the page, enter some keywords that you identified in your topic analysis

  • Use the left hand menu to limit by date.
  • Have you set your library links? Select the Find it at CSU links to access articles in our collection.
  • You may notice that there is a mix of topics, including health, education etc. Add more keywords to your search to narrow it down.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search


Using Google Scholar

Using google effectively

Citation searching

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