Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Searching for scholarly articles, part of Google Apps for Students.
As a student, you're probably very familiar with this particular screen, the Google search bar. The Google search bar allows us to quickly find things that are on the internet. Whether we're looking for a product to purchase, finding information about software, or even looking for something fun to do on a weekend. However, when it comes to writing educational articles, using the Google search bar may not be the best use of your time. If you're trying to find sources for a paper or even ideas on how to write a paper, searching the entire web may not give you the best information. First off, it's not credible.
Anyone can go onto the internet and post anything. Just because you find it in a search bar does not necessarily mean that it's worthy of putting in a paper. Google does have a feature, however, to let us search a little bit smarter. Let's go ahead and talk about how to access Google Scholar. Google Scholar is one of the various search engines that Google offers. When you search Google Scholar you're not searching the entire web, you're only searching scholarly articles. To access Google Scholar, we want to click on More, in the top navigation. We're going to come down to Even more, and here we can see a full list of all the applications that Google offers.
These are grouped by various categories. So for example, at the top, there are four applications that Google considers their web applications. They have mobile applications and media applications. And as I scroll down, I eventually come to a group called the specialized search applications. These are all different ways in which you can search Google to find very specific information. So for example, if I'm looking for just information on business finance, I can actually search the business finance search engine. As students, Google Scholar is going to become your new best friend as you start writing research papers.
To access Google Scholar, lets click on it. So here we're back to a screen that looks very similar to our home screen. We've got the Google logo in the middle but this time the word scholar's been added to it, and here we have our search bar. At this time however, if I choose to type information into this particular search bar, Google's only going to return to me scholarly articles. Many of these scholarly articles have been peer reviewed. Meaning that they've been submitted to various conferences or to various journals. And before being published in those journals or published at those conferences, other students and educators have had the opportunity to read through the articles, give feedback, and make sure it's the highest quality work that's been published.
Using these articles in a paper helps you sound credible, as well as, is an expectation in most universities and educational institutions around the nation.
- Searching for scholarly articles on Google
- Switching between school and personal Gmail
- Sending large file attachments
- Composing papers in Google Docs
- Creating a class calendar
- Setting up your student profile on Google+
- Using Google Hangout