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Google Scholar: Google Scholar

This research guide is to help you get started using Google Scholar. It included information about setting up preferences and using tools such as Refworks.

What is Google Scholar?

From Google Scholar's Website

"Google Scholar uses Google search technology to search for scholarly materials such as: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles and more. Results come from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Some of the literature will be freely found on the Web, while some links will offer the full-text of articles for payment."

Google Scholar can be a useful tool when collecting research information.


How do I search Google Scholar?

You may search Google Scholar just as you would search Google. Just like regular searches in Google, Google Scholar ranks and lists results according to how relevant they are to the search query. Google Scholar rankings include how often the work was cited. The most relevant references should theoretically appear at the top of the page.

If you use the Advanced Scholar Search you can search specific subject areas or limit your search to a particular author, journal, or date.


How can I get the full-text if there isn't a link?

Click on Find it at TxState to find out if we have the article full-text online or in print at the library.

If you cannot access the full-text from Google Scholar, or simply have a journal citation for an item from Google Scholar, search the Periodical List to find it in print in the library, online in one of our databases, or as an e-journal. If the citation comes from a book, you will want to check the Library Catalog to see if the library has it.

Tip: Remember that when using the Periodical List or Catalog, search for the title of the journal or the book, not the title of the article.

If we do not have the item, you can request the article or book through Interlibrary Loan. We will get it for you from another library. Many of the journal articles can be emailed into your ILLiad account.

If you have trouble locating the item, Ask a Librarian.


Export to RefWorks Video

How do I export Scholar citations to Refworks?

You can export citations to Refworks.