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Database quick guides: Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Database quick guide: Google Scholar

DESCRIPTION EXAMPLES

Finding variations of a word

Wildcards not be used

- no additional symbol required to find alternative endings for search terms

diet
> diets dieting dietary

Phrases 

Double quotation marks = exact phrase
- the singular form of a word does not retrieve the plural form in phrases

- searching for known publication

"information systems"

 

"Multiresolution gray-scale and rotation invariant texture classification with local binary patterns"

Placeholder for a word

* Fill in the blank. Add an asterisk within a search as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. Use with quotation marks to find variations of that exact phrase or to remember words in the middle of a phrase.

"energy * policy"
> e.g. energy tax policy

"energy ** policy"
> e.g. energy technology innovation policy

Operators

Search terms are automatically combined using AND.

OR (must be in capital letters)


- (hyphen) excludes word or site in the results

 robotics kindergarten
= robotics AND kindergarten

"participatory design" OR "cooperative design" OR "co-operative design"

virus OR viruses -computer

monikulttuurisuus päiväkoti -site:https://www.theseus.fi

Tips

It's possible to use boolean search strings with OR operators and parentheses in basic search (NB: search terms / phrases are automatically combined using AND).

Word order matters. Google ranks the first word slightly higher than the second, the second slightly more than the third, etc.

("participatory design" OR "cooperative design" OR "co-operative design") ("user interface" OR "user interfaces")


telomere cancer
results are slightly different from the search
cancer telomere

Import into RefWorks

1) Click Cite symbol above the reference.
> In the opening sheet choose RefWorks.

OR

2) Settings
> Show links to import cications into: RefWorks.
> Save

> Import into RefWorks link appears in the reference.