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Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

The short video introduces you to Google Scholar. For more guidance on how to search using Google Scholar visit the LinkedIn Learning tutorial:

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Google Scholar Search

For more details on how to search Google Scholar see Link to Google Scholar Search Tips

You can set Google Scholar to Findit@Brightonwhen you are off campus.

Select Scholar Settings. Under Library links type in 'University of Brighton', check box in results and click Save,

Subject based searching

Using some of the advanced search features in Google can help to make your searching more efficient. It can also help you judge the quality of a source. Using Google Advanced Search you can:


Search in specific internet domains. This means you can limit your searching and see where the information is coming from. UK academic websites such as universities and colleges. UK based commercial and general websites. UK government website such as Department for Education or local government websites. UK organisations. Often charities and non-profit organisations may have this, e.g.

You can also narrow by file type which can be useful if you want to look for documents in a particular format;

.doc Microsoft Word.
.ppt Microsoft PowerPoint. Useful if you want to find an example of a presentation on a topic.
.xls Microsoft Excel. Useful if you want to find statistical information.pdf
.pdf Adobe PDF. Many academic articles and reports are in this format.