How do I use Google Scholar?

Watch these one-minute videos to learn how to search Google Scholar, or scroll down to read the instructions.

Part One: Scholar Settings | Part Two: Basic Search & Finding Full Text | Part Three: Advanced Searching

Part One: Scholar Settings
Learn how to select settings in Google Scholar to easily link to full-text articles in the library's databases.

  1. From the library's homepage, access Google Scholar through our Databases tab by going to the alphabetical list of databases and selecting Google Scholar from the "G" page or go directly to scholar.google.com.
  2. Before you begin searching, you need to select your settings so that you can link to full text articles available through the library's databases.
  3. To do this, click on "Settings" in the upper right corner of the page, and then select "Library Links"on the left side. Type "Fairfield University" into the box and search.
  4. Make sure FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY is selected from the list and click "Save".
  5. You can also select your settings to export citations. Go back to "Settings" and under "Bibliography Manager" click on "Show links to import citations into" and select "RefWorks" from the drop-down menu if you are a RefWorks user.
  6. Click "Save" again.
  7. Now you're ready to search, link to full text articles, and export references! For finding articles, watch the next video in this series.

Part Two: Basic Search & Finding Full Text
Learn how to conduct a basic search in Google Scholar and access the full text of articles through the "Find It @ Fairfield U" link

  1. After selecting your settings (see Part 1), begin searching for articles on your topic in Google Scholar.
  2. Type your topic into the search box and click search.

    Example: Terrorism and "human rights".
  3. On the search results page, look for an article that seems relevant. To find the full text, look for the "Find it @ Fairfield U" link either to the right of the citation or under it. Note: The link will not be available for books, unpublished literature, or articles that Fairfield University does not have access to.

    Example: "Terrorism and Human Rights" by Conor Gearty, from the journal Government and Opposition (2007)
  4. Click on the "Find it @ Fairfield U" link if available, which will bring you to databases that have access to the full text of the article.

    Example: the article is available in EbscoEJS
  5. Click on the "Open in New Window" link to access the full text. Remember, if you have any trouble finding an article, ask a librarian.
  6. Now you're ready to do a basic Google Scholar search and use the "Find it @ Fairfield U" link to access full text. To learn more about advance searching in Google Scholar, watch the next video in the series.

Part Three: Advanced Searching
Learn how to create an advanced search and use additional search tools in Google Scholar.

  1. To begin, click on the arrow labeled "Advanced Search" in the search box on the Google Scholar homepage.
  2. In the advanced search window, you can search for articles with certain words or phrases, or by specific authors or publishers, and written within certain dates. Simply enter the information you are looking for in the designated search boxes, and then search.

    Example: To find more recent articles written by Conor Gearty, the author of the article found in the last video (Part 2) type the author's name, Conor Gearty, into the authored by box, set the dates for the last five years (2008-2013), and search.
  3. On the search results page, look for an article that seems relevant to your search.

    Example: "The Superpatriotic Fervour of the Moment" by Conor Gearty, from the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (2008)
  4. With an additional Google Scholar tool, you can add the citation information for this article to your RefWorks account by clicking on "Import into RefWorks" underneath the article information.
  5. To find other scholarly articles that have cited your chosen article since publication, click on "Cited By" underneath the article, allowing you to trace forward how the research topic has developed since that date.

    Example: "The Superpatriotic Fervour of the Moment" has been cited by 10 articles/books since 2008.
  6. Now you're ready to create an advanced search in Google Scholar and use additional search tools. To learn more about Google Scholar ask a librarian.

 

Still need help? Ask a librarian.