Getting Better Results with Google Scholar

Use these tips to make Google Scholar work better!

CSES, HORT, AECT, PLPA, HESC Agriculture Librarian

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Necia Parker Gibson
Mullins Library 220N

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I'm working from home starting 3/16/2020 until further notice. Email or use the text number below. If you want me, particularly, ask for me.

Text a librarian: 479-385-0803

For students, faculty, and staff I will:
Answer your questions via email, phone or Teams or Zoom or Facetime (by appointment).
Recommend databases for your topic.
Meet individually to work out your topic or discuss research strategies.

For faculty, I will:
Provide in-person library instruction tailored to your class, or tailored research guides for your class, with some lead time.

Meet with your students individually or in small groups.
Track down tricky citations. Purchase books and other materials, as funds allow.

I do consultations via email, Skype or Facetime (as well as face to face, when we can again).
Email me for an appointment.

Google Scholar's Advanced Search Fields

When you click on the advanced search link in Google Scholar, you get a list of choices, such as are listed in the next box. Please note, this list is under settings, and you must be logged into a Google account to see them and use them.

Here's what they mean:

  • with all of the words= the words are ANDed together, so you get a set that has every word, but not necessarily in order.
  •  with the exact phrase= find the exact phrase, wherever it occurs. You can get the same effect by putting quotation marks "around a phrase."
  •  with at least one of the words= the words are ORed together; you will get back a bigger, less specific set.
  •  without the words= means that the word or words are excluded from the search
  •  where my words occur anywhere in the article= means what it says-- find articles with the search words in the text somewhere. Can also be done via intext:search term in a regular search
  •  where my word occur in the title of the article= means the words will be found only in the title of the articles returned. This search will be more specific but may miss some content. Can also be done via intitle:term or title:term in a regular search.
  •  Return articles authored by= materials written or edited by a particular person. The retrievals aren't always as specific as one might like, unless the name is very unusual.  Google is often not very good at distinguishing names and initials from other text.
  •  Return articles published in= insert the title of the publication, either the full title or the abbreviated title.
  •  Return articles dated between= articles published between date X and date Y.


Google Scholar's Advanced Search Box

The screen continues with more options (some overlap between these captures):

second half of advanced search screen in Google Scholar

Google Scholar uses a dropdown menu to show the advanced search preferences; you must be logged into Google to use them.