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How to Use Google Scholar

Get the most from Google Scholar: grab citations, get documents for free from COM Library databases and more.

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar searches across many scholarly disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, and universities with non scholarly results filtered out. Some of these scholarly results include free full text and many more are available for free to COM students, faculty and staff.

Save Time With Advanced Search

You can really save some time by using the Advanced Search options if you are searching for specific publications, authors, legal or want to restrict the date.

To access the options, click on the arrow (pull down menu) of the search box. 

You'll get options to restrict results to specific authors, publications, dates and more. 

Advanced Search

Get Google Scholar Alerts

You can create a search alert with Google Scholar to get automatic updates on your research topic. Here's how:

  1. Go to Google Scholar.
  2. Search for your topic.
  3. Click the envelope icon in the sidebar of the search results page.
  4. Enter your email address, and click "Create alert".
  5. Google will periodically email you newly published papers that match your search criteria.

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