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How to use Google to search like a scholar

Although Google doesn't index everything on the web (really, it doesn't), chances are you use it for research on occasion so you might as well get the most out of it. Keep in mind though, the library's databases contain a lot of materials you can't find using Google. That said, here's how to use Google for academic research...

logoIn the eight years since Google Scholar has been around, the folks at Google have been adding features and expanding its coverage to make it easier to find scholarly literature from many disciplines in one place. We introduced some of these features in our previous post about Google Scholar. Since then, the way you connect to the library's resources has changed slightly. After clicking "Settings" in the upper right corner, click "Library links" on the left menu. You can enter up to five libraries to link to so go ahead and link to NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering as well as New York University Libraries. Now Google can detect which items the library has a subscription to and provide a link to the full text.

Over the last year Google Scholar has added features that make it easier to discover publications that may be relevant to your field of interest. Google Metrics allows you to easily browse the top publications in any field, for example biotechnology or computer science (note: only titles that contain the search terms are retrieved). To see which articles in a publication were cited the most and who cited them, click on its h-index number.

For those of you who have published, you can set up a Scholar profile (which you can keep private or make public) and Google will analyze your articles and scan the web looking for more publications relevant to your research. For more information on these and other Google Scholar features, visit the Google Scholar Blog.