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Seeker: Understanding Widgets: Google Scholar

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 aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature.

Using Google Scholar

  • After beginning your search in Seeker, click on the Google Scholar logo. This will take you to the results of your search terms found in Google Scholar.
  • If you used keywords, you will get a list of related materials. This is a great way to find what other scholarly writings exist on your selected subject.
  • If you searched an article title, your Google Scholar results will find the article if it is available, either as a citation of full-text.
  • If the article is available, there will be a link to the left of the citation.
  • Clicking on the link will get you the article, usually in PDF format.

More info on using Google Scholar.