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HIP202 Research Skills Guide: Google Scholar

Introducing Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a global search tool that searches for scholarly resources across many disciplines and sources.

Unlike Primo Search, which searches only CSU Library's holdings, Google Scholar searches everything, and so will find resources that are not necessarily available to you. But if you use the Google Scholar page provided by CSU Library, you can at least see, and link to, the online items to which CSU subscribes. Another way to achieve this is to set your Google Scholar preferences to show CSU Library holdings - instructions are in the Library's video tutorial on Using Google Scholar below. 

Pros and Cons: Advantages of using Google Scholar:

  • searches across many resources and returns results of different resource types;
  • uses the familiar Google search functions;
  • is free and publicly available, so will always be available to you after you graduate.

Pros and Cons: Disadvantages of using Google Scholar:

  • the results are not always from academic-quality resources;
  • it is not specific to medicine and health;
  • returns results which will not necessarily be available to you;
  • its search functions and its limiters are not as sophisticated as in CINAHL or PubMED.

Hints on Using Google Scholar

Some hints on using Google Scholar:

  • It defaults to a keyword search. (If you type in brain injury, it will search for those words separately [ie brain AND injury]. To search for specific phrase, use double quotation marks ("brain injury").
  • You can go to Settings, and choose Advanced Search. This gives you extra search functionality which is similar to Advanced Search in Google.
  • In your results list, you can use the filters at the left of the screen to refine your results.
  • If you are using Google Scholar in such a way that CSU holdings are shown, you can use the Find It at CSU links, which appear at the right of records in the results list, to go to the full item. Each link should take you to the Primo Search record from where you can progress to the full item.

using Google Scholar