Google Scholar is a free, online tool that searches "across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.” Although not all of Google Scholar's citations are peer-reviewed, searchers may find that the resource helps them discover citations they would not find in traditional databases.
What you need to know about using Google Scholar
Google Scholar allows users to employ "keyword" searching to locate citations. Because of this, users may need to supply synonyms and variant spellings for search terms. For instance, a search of HIV will retrieve HIV, but not AIDS or human immunodeficiency virus. You may have to perform several searches or use multiple terms to find all relevant articles with Google Scholar.
For a quick search, enter your search tems in the search box. You will get a high number of results! For better precision try using some of the following operators.
Advanced Search Feature
The advanced search box is accessed by clicking the triangle in the search box, see images below.
From the above screen, enter your search term(s) in the appropriate box. Use the drop down to select either anywhere in the article or in the title of the article.
Search Results explained
Access Google Scholar. For USU full text links, complete the setup steps under Full Text Links in this guide.