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WRI 1100 -- Online Library Instruction

Dedicated SFC Librarians engaging students during the global pandemic

Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar?

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.

Features of Google Scholar


  • Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place
  • Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications
  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
  • Keep up with recent developments in any area of research
  • Check who's citing your publications, create a public author profile

Searching Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a free Web search engine that searches scholarly journals and academic resources. Some of the content is free, some is available from a publisher for a fee. SFC Library works with Google Scholar to provide access to the content the library subscribes to.

1. Carefully create keywords and keyphrases

If you don't, you'll get a lot of irrelevant information.
Choose essential words and phrases without which your search simply cannot provide relevant results. Take your time working on the keywords, or you will spend a lot of time cleaning up your results.

2. Search Incognito

Searching in standard mode allows Google to remember your previous searches -- links, keywords, and other information. The results might be skewed based on your previous search habits.

You can also use a keyboard shortcut to open an Incognito window:

  1. Windows, Linux, or Chrome OS: Press Ctrl + Shift + n.
  2. Mac: Press ⌘ + Shift + n.

3. Automate your citations

Click on the CITE BUTTON (Double Quotation Marks) below each article to choose your Citation Style.

In this video I walk you through the steps discussed above:

4. Link SFC Library to Google Scholar

When you link the library to Google Scholar, you'll be able to access all the articles we subscribe to without paying for them.

In this video I demonstrate all the steps discussed above, and more. So grab a glass of almond milk and a cookie, sit back and enjoy.