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Ethel K Smith Library

SOC 475: Special Topics in Sociology : Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches for scholarly articles, reports, dissertations, theses, patents, and other documents.

A search of Google Scholar will generate a list of citations.


From these citations you can:

  • View works that cite an article (forward citation chaining!)
  • View similar articles
  • Use the citation generator (check citations against your style manual)
  • Save article citations to a personal library


Full text links are provided if:

  • The EKS Library subscribes to the journal
  • The Journal is open access
  • The article is posted by an author to the internet



"Google Scholar aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature." The most relevant results will always appear on the first page. (

Sample Search:

Click the ▼ next to the search box to access the advanced search options.

Enter "____________" in the first search box labeled "with all the words" .

Using the options on the left sidebar you can limit your results by:

  • Type/provision
  • Publication Date
  • To include patents and citations


Tip: You can also set up alerts to let you know when new articles matching your search appear!

Google Search

Google Search

How Google Search Works

Using Google Search's Advanced Search feature on Google to limit your search results to education websites only as follows:

  • Go to Google and click the Settings link on the right of the search screen


  • Select the Advanced Search link



  • In the first search box after "all these words:" type "granite falls" | "caldwell county" + NC | "north carolina" + "local history"

  • In the last search box after "Search within a site or domain" type either
    • .edu (be sure to type the period in front of edu)
    • .org (be sure to type the period in front of edu)


  • Then click the Advanced Search button



Notice how all the search results now come from a website with .edu as the domain extension. A domain extension is a two- or three-character code indicating the country or category assigned to a website such as .edu (education).



The domain extension can be an indicator of a site's credibility, but not always. Even though you have now narrowed your search results to just .edu sites where you will be more likely to find academic information, you will still need to examine each site using the tips in the CRAAP Test to make sure it is credible before using the information in your paper.

Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

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