Skip to Main Content

Using Google Scholar

Using Google Scholar to find SHU Resources: Add SHU Library Settings (2:15)


The Pros and Cons of Using Google Scholar


  • Google Scholar combines the familiarity of Google with access to scholarly materials.  
  • Google Scholar offers both basic and advanced options
  • Google Scholar searches the Web for scholarly articles, abstracts and books, and excludes popular magazine, newspaper or Internet articles.
  • Google Scholar help to fill in incomplete citations and tracks how often an article has been cited.
  • Google Scholar allows you to search across multiple disciplines in one search.
  • Google Scholar will highlight those resources available through the SHU catalog and provides links to those open source articles available for free online.


  • Google Scholar does not have an easy way to sort articles in your results list (e.g. peer reviews, full text)
  • It is not possible to search within a specific discipline with Google Scholar.
  • The link may take searchers to purchase page.  SHU Libraries can request most articles we do not own for students via interlibrary borrowing at no charge.
  • Google Scholar does not clearly specify what type of material (academic journal, magazine, newspaper etc.) is in the results list.
  • While Google Scholar will note those articles available at SHU electronically, it does not display those articles available in print.


Google Scholar: Advanced Search

The Advanced Search setting can be found in the top right of the Google Scholar homepage.

screen shot of google scholar with Advanced Search link highlighted

By using the advanced search, users can easily refine search by date, publication, author, title or keyword.

Google Scholar Advanced Search page