Using Google Scholar to Find Sources for Papers

Finding the sources that you need for schoolwork and research papers can be a real pain. Most teachers will tell you that you are not allowed to use Google when you are searching for sources for their assignments, but this is not necessarily true. While regular Google search brings up a lot of bad results from disreputable sites like Ask and Yahoo! Answers, there is another site that Google owns that brings back high quality scholarly articles that can be used in research almost every single time. This service, called Google Scholar, is based on the same algorithms and search formulas that regular Google is based on, so you are sure to get good matches.

Using Google Scholar itself is a breeze. Simply navigate to the Google Scholar web site, scholar.google.com. Another way to find it is to Google “google scholar”. Once there, you will see what appears to be Google. This form works exactly like Google’s, even down to autocompletion. However, there are more things that you can do to assure that you always get what you are looking for. Click the arrow next to the form field, and you will see that you can limit the results by many criteria, such as the author of the publication and the date that it was published. When you search, only results from respected web sites will ever appear.

If your teacher or professor has given you a research assignment that you do not have time to go to the library to complete, Google it! Google offers a service for finding articles from reputable organizations, scientific journals, and all sorts of other kinds of academic and scholary publications. By taking advantage of the large database and the Google search algorithms, you can really “stand on the shoulders of giants” just as the site promises.