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POSC 230: Methods of Political Research

Professor Greg Marfleet - Spring 2020

Google Scholar

Google Scholar indexes scholarly material from many publishers and databases, as well as content from author websites.  You'll find scholarly articles, books, theses and dissertations, conference papers, and pamphlets.

Citation Searching in Google Scholar

1. Open the Advanced Scholar Search.

2. For an article:

  • Fill in the title and change the drop-down box to read "where my words occur in the title of the article."
  • Fill in the author, publication or abbreviation for the publication. You can fill in the date but often you find you don't need to do so unless you aren't getting results.

3. For a book:

  • Fill in the title and change the drop-down box to read "where my words occur anywhere in the article."
  • Fill in the author. Leave the publication box blank (this box is for journals, not for titles of books). You can also leave the date box blank for now.

4. Click on the "cited by" to see the citing articles, books, conference papers, and other content within Google Scholar.

Google Scholar - General Tips

Here are some general tips to keep in mind when searching Google Scholar.

1. Be sure to set your Scholar preferences to search the Gould library database holdings to check for our access to the full text. Do this using the "settings" link from the top of the page.

2. To get to the full-text of articles and other items from your search results, remember to follow the links on the right-hand side of the page.

3. If you are an EndNote user, you can also set your Scholar preferences to import citations to EndNote.