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Database quick guides: Google Scholar

Quick references of the most central databases in the University of Oulu

Google Scholar

Database quick guide: Google Scholar


Finding variations of a word

Wildcards not be used

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

> diets dieting dietary


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


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:


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

Google Scholar and full texts

Full text articles are available

  • via computers in Oulun University network


  • off campus by logging in using University of Oulu username (Haka Login)


  1. sign in Google Scholar with your Google username
  2. select Settings
  3. select Library links
  4. in Show library access links for search University of Oulu
  5. choose University of Oulu - Full text available and Save.