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Google and Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. You can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Google Scholar search box

Google Scholar Search

Advanced search

Search using advanced search box

Use the advanced search box to search with more specific requirements to find articles with keywords, author, publication title and date range.

  1. Go to 
  2. Click on Menu (usually top left of the screen).
    screenshot showing Google Scholar menu
  3. Select the Settings cog to access Advanced Search.
    Google Scholar advanced search screen

Search using operators

Search operators Example Note
AND search both/all words wage equality Google automatically defaults to an AND search so results will include both words/terms 
"exact phrases" in quotation marks "home based care" Results will all include the exact phrase
OR find either word/s gender OR women Must capitalise OR
intitle:words in the title intitle:"cats love catnip" No space between intitle: and keywords
author:name author:"B Wayne" In publications author names are often shortened to initial and surname.


My profile and My library

My profile

Setting up your profile is quick and easy and allows you to showcase your publications, check who's been citing your publications and graph citations over time. Your profile can be public or private. 

You can add your publications manually; although they will be added automatically to your profile when they appear in Google Scholar.

My library

Allows you to save articles to read later. Simply click on the star icon beneath an article to add it to your library.