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What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is Google's search engine for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories and universities.


Why use Google Scholar

  • If you have have an obscure reference that is proving difficult to locate in a conventional database
  • If the topic is under researched or not covered by USC programs
  • It offers metrics such as how many times a publication has been cited
  • It can assist with finding "grey literature" like conference proceedings 

Why not use Google Scholar

  • Not everything in Google Scholar is scholarly
  • There is no way to limit the search to only peer-reviewed publications
  • The results do not always provide the full-text and will restrict access without a subscription 

Set up Google Scholar Library Link

You can set up a link between the USC Library and Google Scholar. 

Step by step instructions

1. Go to Google Scholar

2. Select Advanced Search (drop down arrow)

3. Type essential keywords that must appear in the "with all of the words" search field

4. Type a phrase in the "" search field

5. Type alternate words in the "" search field

6. Type any words you want to exclude in the "" search field

7. Limit your search by date range (if required)

8. Select Search

9. Where available, select Full-text at USC Library to access the article.

Advanced Google Scholar Searching

Why can't I just Google?

Google is so easy! Why wouldn't I use it for all of my assignment research?

La Trobe University Library. (n.d.). Why can't I google? Online video. Retrieve from YouTube via

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