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Google Scholar

Essentials for Searching with Google Scholar

Starting a Search

Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) searches article citations, electronic books and other items, including some web pages, from scholarly sources which may or may not have been peer-reviewed  It attempts to provide the full-text if available.  Note: inclusion in Google Scholar is not a guarantee of scholarly quality or dependability absent peer review.  Google has been criticized for indexing bad or "predatory" journals.  It's still useful and practical.  The basic keyword search bar can begin the search.  Previous searches, class readings, topical interest, and conversation with your faculty are all good sources of keywords.  Make note of new, possibly useful search terms in your preliminary results