Google Scholar

Google Scholar

 What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is a search engine designed specifically to trawl through hundreds of millions of scholarly papers, dissertations, abstracts, reports, scholarly literature, reviews, legal documents etc., at your and your student’s finger tips. This is not the same as a Google search, or an Advanced search.

Click here to read a description in Google’s own words.

Is it free?

Massive bits of it are, yes.  Not all of the content found using Google Scholar is free, though the majority of it is. Some links will take you to a publisher who will require payment.

How do I find free articles/information/papers?

Many university libraries are linked to Google Scholar, including Anglia Ruskin University. To find items that Anglia Ruskin University have paid to use, you may need to log in to the Library website.

The video above was taken from our Library website.


Go to Google Scholar. Find something that is useful to you in your discipline or area of interest, and post the link in the comment/reply section below. Remember, you need to add your name in the comment.


Extra: Well, your 5 minutes will be up by now, but here’s some extra information you may find useful.

Refining your search in Google Scholar

To refine your search, you can use the Advanced Search option within Google Scholar. It will appear either in the search bar as an arrow:


or it will appear under a drop-down arrow on the right hand of your screen:


You can also contribute to the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #5DoDL

212 thoughts on “Google Scholar

  1. Susan January 30, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Comparison of the anti-inflammatory actions of flunixin and ketoprofen in horses applying PK/PD modelling


  2. Matt McConkey May 23, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Here’s a book titled “The library in the 21st century” by Peter Brophy:

    It’s worth being a little careful with Google Scholar. It’s very quick, and students who are used to Google might find it easier than the library search. Because it searches beyond our catalogue it can find results which we don’t have access to – so it’s better as a secondary search after using the library search. You can link it to our library so that it displays “FullText@Anglia” when we hace access to an e-resource, but this can be a bit misleading if misunderstood – for example, we have a physical copy of this book in the library catalogue, but it is not reported via Google Scholar.


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