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Advanced Googling: Google Scholar

How to use Google most effectively (we know you are going to use it, so learn to use it well!)

Google Scholar

Google Scholar allows you to conduct a search for academic, scholarly materials such as books, journal articles, patents, and court cases.

To access Google Scholar with our University of South Alabama preferences set, go to Internet Search Engines on the Marx Library homepage and choose Google Scholar, or click here.

***Note: Preferences are important so that when you search, you will only receive articles that you can access through the Marx Library's databases.  If you do not use Google Scholar with the Marx Library preferences set, you will get results that you cannot access.****

***Note:  Google Scholar does not do an exhaustive or complete search of scholarly publications.  Google Scholar does not index all available material.  To conduct a complete search use our available databases.***

Searching Google Scholar

When searching Google Scholar, always use the "Advanced Search" option (see example below).


Example search: Articles that discuss feminisim and patriarchal societies in the fiction of Eudora Welty--not interested in a discussion of William Faulkner (exclude articles that discuss both the fiction of Welty and Faulkner)

Google Scholar Preferences Set Up

To manually set Google Scholar Preferences:

1. Go to
2. Choose Scholar Preferences located to the right of the Search box
3. In the Library Links box, type University of South Alabama
4. You should get three choices: University of South Alabama (USA eText); Open WorldCat (Library Search); and University of South Alabama (Full Text@IngentaConnect)
5. Check the boxes in front of each one
6. Click Save Preferences

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