Using Google Scholar
Use Google Scholar effectively with tips on searching, alerts, exporting references, and more.
Find recent papers
Your search results are normally sorted by relevance, not by date. To find newer articles, try the following options in the left sidebar:
- “Since Year” to show only recently published papers, sorted by relevance
- “Sort by date” to show the new content, sorted by date
- use the envelope icon to create an email alert for new content.
Find full text articles
Make sure you’ve logged into your University account to access any content the Library subscribes to.
Here's a few things to try:
- use “Check @ Victoria” to see get full-text access
- use the link labelled [PDF] to the right of the search result
- see “Related articles” or “Cited by” under the search result
- see “All versions” under the search result.
Getting better results
If you’re new to the subject, find words and terms to use from sources such as Wikipedia or articles. Build each new search with the new terms you find.
If the search results are too basic, use “Cited by” to see newer research that referenced them. This newer newer will often be more specific.
If the search results are too specific, check out what they’re citing in their “References” sections. Referenced works are often more general in nature.
Be curious and explore! There’s never a single search or answer to a research question.