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12 Things You Want to Know about Resources: Google Scholar

This guide targets students in the areas of Arts and Social Sciences. All the pages will be updated to provide new features.

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If you use the box above, you are asked to log in via the proxy server. If you prefer visiting Google Scholar directly from Google, you might want to link Google Scholar to the CBU Library. Here is the instruction:

1) How to Link Google Scholar to the CBU Library (Off-Campus)

2) Advanced Search

3) Tips to Use Google Scholar

1) How to Link Google Scholar to the CBU Library

If you have NOT set up your computer to link to the CBU Library databases, you would not be able to see GET @ CBU while you are off-campus. Check the following instruction:

Google Settings

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Setting Results

Note: If you have not connected your computer with the CBU Library databases, you see the links that Google Scholar provides. Please be aware that the files may not be authorized copies and are not always posted with permission from publishers/copyright owners.

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2) Advanced Search

Google Scholar (as well as Google) can guess thesauri or synonyms for you. However, if you want to conduct a precious search, use search commands or Advanced Search.

When you use Quick Search, you can enter education AND "distributive justice" AND (multi-culture OR multicultural OR multiculturalism). The result will show scholarly books and articles whose titles and/or abstracts include the following words, education, distributive justice (as a term), and one of the words, multi-culture, multicultural, or multiculturism.

However, if you are unfamiliar with search commands, use Google Scholar's Advanced Search.

Google Advanced Search

Last Updated: August 30, 2015
Created by Y. Umetsubo

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3) Tips to Use Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a powerful tool to use when you know its limitations and complexities.

Please see my observation of Google Scholar below.

Pros.

Cons.

- is helpful when research is interdisciplinary,
- suggests which publishers and databases could be useful,
- suggests relevant journal titles, and
- suggests not only articles, but also books.

- returns many irrelevant old articles,
- does not show aggregators' databases (e.g., EBSCO).

Although Google Scholar is one of the helpful discovery tools/interfaces, I would recommend using various discovery tools/interfaces to find the most relevant literature that you are looking for. This is particularly because Google Scholar does not offer thesaurus/subject terms search options.

According to Wiley (2015), "Google Scholar tends to include a static number of around 230 characters in each page description, not including spaces. Google Scholar also almost always gives priority to the abstract." If this is true and if the first part of the abstract does not include the words that you chose, you may not be able to retrieve it via Google Scholar. In other words, if an author wants to make his/her article searchable and findable via Google Scholar, he/she needs to include key (and maybe popular) words within around 230 characters of the abstract.

References:

John Wiley & Sons, (2015). What Makes a Good Abstract. Retrieved from http://exchanges.wiley.com/authors/what-makes-a-good-abstract_744.html

Last Updated: August 30, 2015
Created by Y. Umetsubo

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