You can get the most out of Google Scholar by using the more nuanced search features available in the Advanced Search option. You may prefer to start with a wider search on the initial Google Scholar search screen, but then click on More and then select Advanced search if you wish to refine your approach. The various options can be used alone or in combination.
The Advanced Search allows you to find scholarly articles by author, journal title, date range, among other options that let you focus or widen your search results.
Sophisticated search strategies can be constructed that allow you to retrieve a greater percentage of relevant information.
Read Google Scholar Advanced Search Tips to help you build more complex search strategies.
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What is Google Scholar?
According to Google: 'Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.'
Shortcomings of Google Scholar:
* It is possible to limit searches to peer reviewed articles in the Unisa Library's subscription-based electronic resources. Articles in journals to which the Library does not have a print or an electronic subscription can be requested on Interlibrary Loan (this service is offered to staff, master's and doctoral students).
When should I consult Google Scholar?
Original source: Cronin, B (2012) 'Using Google Scholar Effectively'
Google Scholar Library is your personal collection of articles. You can save articles right off the search page, sign in to My Library, organize them by topic, and use the power of a Google Scholar search to quickly find just the one you want - at any time and from anywhere. You decide what goes into your personal library and Google keeps the links up to date.
For more information on how to set up your Google Scholar Library, click here.
While Google Scholar has no official proximity search function you can use the connector AROUND while searching for words that should be near each other.
Here are a few tips:
Here is the take home lesson: you should use the connector “AROUND” to limit the number of irrelevant results but do not rely on it.
Both the Google Search Engine and Google Scholar retrieve articles that are 'free or fee'. Articles that are not open access are published in commercial databases that require a subscription or a once-off payment before you may view the full text article.
If you encounter a view for a fee/subscription article, the best approach is to look up the journal title on the Unisa Library's e-Journal Finder (see the Find e-journals link on the Library home page) to see if we have the journal in one of our electronic subject databases. You can search by journal title (but not by article title), by subject or by the journal's International Standard Serial Number.
Instructions and tips on using the e-Journal Finder can be found here.