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What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar contains scholarly work from journals, conference papers, academic books, and more.


However, it does not search everything, so make sure to use a different database if you don't find what you need.

Google Settings

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To access the full text of results, you first need to configure Google Scholar to the University of Arizona.

Your Turn:

  • Click the menu icon


  • Then click the gear icon

  • In the topbar click Library Links

Google Settings

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Your Turn:

  • Search University of Arizona
  • Check University of Arizona - Full-Text @ UofA Library
  • Click Save


For Google Scholar to remember these settings, you must allow your browser to accept cookies.


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Let's start with a simple search to learn a little more about how Google Scholar searches.

We are looking for sources on the psychological effects of divorce on children.

Your Turn:

  • Search divorce psychological effect children



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How many results did you get?


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Now, let's change the order of our words a little.

Your Turn:

  • Search children divorce effect psychological

What happened to the number of results you got?


That is still a lot of results!

Note that many results are over 20 years old.

That may work fine for some topics, but for others you may be interested in a newer perspective.

Your Turn:

  • Click Since 2014 (in sidebar or under the Anytime tab)

Full Text

Note that you have fewer results now.

To get the full text of any result, click the links to the right of the results.

These will usually have the words PDF or Full-Text, or HTML.

If you come across a result that does not have a full text link, you can request it from the library for free.

Create Alerts

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If you are happy with your results and think you have a good set of keywords, you can create an email alert.

Google Scholar will send you an email when new papers are published that match your search query.

Your Turn:

  • Click Create Alert in the sidebar (you may need to scroll down)


Create Alerts

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You can use any email address, and decide how many results you would like to see.

Note: In order to create an alert, you will need to login to your email and confirm the alert request.

Cited By

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When you find a good article, you can use the Cited by link to find other articles that have cited your result.

This is a great way to find more relevant articles.

Your Turn:

  • First, click the back arrow on your browser to return to the previous results page
  • Locate the article that starts with The Consequences of Divorce for Adults and Children

Cited By

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Look at the text below the abstract. How many others have cited this item?

Cited By

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Let's take a look at these articles.

Your Turn:

  • Click on the Cited by link

You now see the list of results that have cited this article.

Cited By

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Let's narrow these articles to those that mention the adjustment of children.

Your turn:

  • Check the Search within citing articles box


  •  Search "child adjustment" in the search box. Make sure to include the quotes.

These results cite your original article and include the term child adjustment.

My Library

You can save any of your results to Google's My Library feature.

If you are logged into your Google account, just click the Star link to place it your library.


To view articles in your library, click the My library link located in the menu.

Advanced Searching

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Let's try a few more searches using some advanced features.

Your Turn:

  • Click Google Scholar to return to  the main search page


Advanced Searching

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We are going to look for articles by Paul R Amato.

Your Turn:

  • Search author:"paul amato" - make sure you use the quotes
  • Click any PR Amato link

Advanced Searching

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Which university is Paul R. Amato affiliated with?

Advanced Searching

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How many total citations does this author have? See the Citation indices chart. You may need to adjust your window size to see this.

Advanced Searching

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Which of Professor Amato's works has been cited the most?

Advanced Searching

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Google Scholar allows authors to keep track of citations to their works, keep citation metrics, and get notifications of when a work has been cited.

You can sign up here: Google Scholar Citations


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Google Scholar provides metrics on the impact of journals and articles. Metrics can help authors decide where to publish articles.

Metrics are provided for articles published after 2010 to about the previous year.

Let's find out which journal is the most popular in the field of family studies.

Your Turn:

  • Click the Google Scholar banner to return to the main search page



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  • Click the menu link


  • Click Metrics


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What is the top publication for all disciplines?


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Let's narrow these down to just family studies.

Your Turn:

  • Click on the VIEW TOP PUBLICATIONS link at the bottom of the page.



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  • Click the drop down Categories menu


  • Choose Social Sciences
  • Click the drop down Subcategories menu


  • Choose Family Studies


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Which journal is the top publication in this field?


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You can also get information on the top articles published in any journal.

Your Turn:

  • Click the number 38 under the h5-index column for the Journal of Marriage and Family

Who is the author of the top article in this journal?

More Help

Review Google Scholar Metrics for more information on how metrics can help you, and what it covers.

Remember, Google Scholar is available from the UA Library Homepage under the Search & Find tab under Articles & Databases.


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