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Google Scholar

An introduction to Google Scholar.

About 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.

Features of Google Scholar

  • Search diverse sources from one convenient place
  • Explore articles, theses, books, abstracts, or court opinions
  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
  • Learn about key scholarly literature in any area of research
  • Check who is citing your publications
  • Create a public author profile for yourself

How are documents ranked?

  • weighing the full text of each document,
  • where it was published,
  • who it was written by,
  • how often it has been cited in other scholarly literatureand
  • how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature.


Disclaimer: Legal opinions in Google Scholar are provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed lawyer. Google does not warrant that the information is complete or accurate.

Disclaimer:  The Google Scholar website is the direct source of most information for this guide. 

Best practices - Procedure

Use this Google Scholar link to see full-text options via Find It @ FAU! (

Want to be a master at Google Scholar?

Set your Preferences to show items available through FAU Libraries. 
Get familiar with Basic Search Operators. Use these to refine your search. 
See search helps to search by
Set up Email Alerts for notification of future articles, based on your search criteria.

Set up My Citations Alerts to be notified of new citations of articles you have published.

Read Google Scholar Blog for latest updates on Scholar features.

Google Scholar Blog

Last updated on Jun 3, 2024 7:11 PM