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Google Scholar

A guide to making the most out of Google Scholar.

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Micah Vandegrift
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This guide was originally developed by Blake Robinson, a former Graduate Assistant in FSU Libraries' Scholars Commons department. It was updated and revised by Camille Thomas, Graduate Assistant in the Technology and Digital Scholarship department.

Content updates were developed from research guides at North Carolina State University Libraries and University of Texas at Austin Libraries.


Welcome to our LibGuide for Google Scholar

What is Google scholar? Why should I use it?

Google Scholar searches for scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, dissertations, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. It draws on information from journal publishers, university repositories, and other websites that it has identified as scholarly. Google Scholar includes both full text and citations.

Why should I search Google Scholar from the Library web site?

In many cases, access to the full text is only available through subscription sources, paid for by FSU Libraries. If you log in to Google Scholar through the libraries website, you may be able to access these items. If you do not use the library link for off campus access, many of these full text sources will ask for payment.

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How can I find items in Google Scholar?

Search Google Scholar just as you would search Google. Just like a regular search in Google, Google Scholar ranks and lists results according to relevancy--with the most relevant at the top. Google Scholar rankings include how often the work was cited.

 For tips on advanced searching go to the Searching & Full Text tab in this guide.

The video tutorial below is from the Gibson Library at Brock University in Ontario, Canada demonstrates the effective use of Google Scholar.

Search for Articles in Google Scholar

Off-Campus Access

How can I search through the library if I am off-campus?

1. You may be prompted for your FSUID 

2. Log into your FSU Library account before searching

3. Add FSU Libraries to your settings in Google Scholar


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