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PSYD98/NROD98

A guide for advanced research projects and supervised studies for psychology and neuroscience students.

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is a free search engine that can be used to broadly search for scholarly literature. It can be searched for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books and more across a variety of disciplines.

Using Google Scholar Off-Campus

How To Get Your Journal Articles Free From Google Scholar


The University of Toronto Libraries have licensed thousands of online journals so that you can use them for free as a member of the UofT community. Configure Google Scholar to know that you are a member of the UofT community:

  1. Click here to go to Google Scholar
  2. Click Scholar Preferences
  3. Under Library Links, type University of Toronto
  4. Click Find Library
  5. Click the box, University of Toronto Libraries - Get It! U of Toronto
  6. Click Save Preferences
  7. If the item is available at UofT, you will see check for print at UofT in your Google Scholar search results.

If you are on campus, Google Scholar will automatically configure itself properly. You only need to follow the steps above if you are OFF-CAMPUS.

 

How To Use RefWorks With Google Scholar 


Here's how to connect Google Scholar to your Refworks account:

  1. Go to http://scholar.google.com (if you are off campus you will be asked to log into my.access)
  2. Click Scholar Preferences.
  3. Under Bibliography Manager, click Show links to import citations, and choose RefWorks from the drop list.
  4. Click Save Preferences
  5. You will now see the Import to Refworks option in your Google Scholar search results. You will be asked for a group code to connect to your Refworks account. Here is your group code.

How to Search & Interpret Your Results

1. Use OR to connect similar terms, as you would in any database. Putting words in quotation marks forces Google to search those words as a phrase. In this example, we are searching ipod "hearing loss" and mp3 "hearing loss" at the same time.

To find SPECIFIC articles, you can use Google Scholar instead of the Article Finder : simply enter, in quotation marks, the title of the article you wish to find and click search.

2. Use this bar to control the kinds of results you get: format (articles, legal opinions), date (all dates or since a specific year), and create an email alert of your search terms (get emails whenever new articles are added to Google Scholar).

3. Different versions of the result are grouped together under "All # versions". Check these if you can’t retrieve the full text – sometimes there will be an alternative access to the full text.

4. "Cited by #" links to other results, in Google Scholar, that have cited this result. This can offer a starting point to finding other relevant literature on your topic. Also use Related Articles as a link to further similar research.