Use Google Scholar via the University of Alabama Libraries website to search for articles and see if they are available via our collections and subscriptions. This video covers basic keyword searches, refining searches, and advanced searching techniques and tips.
Description: In this video, we'll cover basic and advanced search techniques that you can use on Google Scholar. We'll cover basic keyword searching, Google Scholar's advanced search, and features like Google Scholar's "cited by" function.
Hi, my name is Alex, I’m a librarian at the University of Alabama, and in this video I’ll show you how to search for articles on Google Scholar.
In today’s video we’ll cover: basic keyword searches; refining your search by publication date; Google Scholar’s advanced search and some advanced searching tips.
So we’re going to look for articles about the use of VR in the classroom. We’ll start with a fairly basic keyword search: virtual reality AND education.
On the right hand side of the screen you see if you can access the articles or not. Some are provided through Alabama databases, while others are freely accessible through the internet.
One thing to know is your search is sorted by relevance, not date. That’s actually good, but for something like virtual reality, we’ll probably want fairly recent articles. This article at the top is from 1992 and therefore probably too old.
So we can refine our search by date. You can find articles published since a certain year, or just put a custom date range in. We’ll limit our search to articles published since 2014.
Google Scholar lets you refine your search even more when you use the advanced search.
You can control the date, look for articles published in a certain journal or by a certain author, and be more specific in your keyword searches.
So, for example, here I’m searching for the exact phrase virtual reality and then combining that with at least one of these words: education, classroom, teaching.
A few more things about the search results page. Under each article you’ll see the authors, a brief blurb, and a few links below it. One is Google Scholar’s cited by function, and the other is the related articles button.
The related articles button is just an easy way to find articles on a similar topic.
The cited by function is important for a couple of reasons. For example, this article has been cited by other authors 310 times since it was published in 2014. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s an inherently flawless article, it does show you that it’s a relatively important one.
Plus you can click on the cited by link and see a list of articles that cited it, which can be another easy way to find more articles.
You can do the same thing by looking at the works cited page of your original article. If you find an article in a works cited page that looks promising, the easiest way to find it on Google Scholar is just to copy and paste it into the search bar with quotations around it.
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