Q. How can I get the best results from Google Scholar?


Getting the most out of Google Scholar.

The Library subscribes to a variety of useful resources to help you with your studies which you can easily link to using Library Search. This is the best method for finding thousands of good quality ebooks, articles, DVDs, databases and much more to support your research. 

If you do want to use Google Scholar there are some ways you can improve your results:

1.       Link to Library search

If you use Google Scholar on campus the university's 'Find It' links will automatically appear - these will link you to the full text of results where we have it.

If you are off campus you can also add the 'Find It' links to full text by following the instructions below:

  • Click on the menu bars in the top corner of the browser screen.
  • Select Settings.
  • On the left, choose Library Links.


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·         Type Salford in the search box.

·         Tick two options: Salford University - Findit@salford and University of Salford -     ProQuest links.

·         Save the settings and start searching.

·         Click on the Findit@Salford link at the side of an article title to see the full text.

·         To link seamlessly from Google Scholar to Library resources open a second tab in your browser   and sign into Library search.


2.     Finding 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:

·         Click "Since Year" to show only recently published papers, sorted by relevance.

·         Click "Sort by date" to show just the new additions, sorted by date.


 3.       See how an idea has developed over time.

Click on the cited by link under an article to see newer papers which have referenced the article.

4.       Explore other articles on your topic.

If you find a good article try clicking on the related articles link under the article to find other relevant articles.


5.       Too many results? Use advanced search.

Click on the menu bars in the top corner of the browser screen and select advanced search – this will allow you to narrow down the amount of results by searching for an exact phrase or specifying your search terms should appear in the title of an article and by adding a customised date range:


Illustration of Google advanced screen

6.       Save papers to your Google Scholar Library.

Google Scholar library is your personal collection of articles. You can save articles right from your results page and organise them by topic.

Click on the star icon under an article to save it to your Library – to do this you need a Google account – if you haven’t got one you can sign up here.


7.       Sign up for alerts.

·         Do a search for the topic of interest, e.g., "higher education reform".

·         Click the envelope icon in the sidebar of the search results page.

·         Enter your email address, and click "Create alert".

·         Google will periodically email you with newly published papers that match your search criteria.


Illustration showing the Google alert icon.



  • Last Updated Sep 26, 2018
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  • Answered By Sue Barker-Mathews

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