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Google Scholar Tips

Tips and tricks for using Google Scholar efficiently

About Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar's powerful search engine to find scholarly literature, such as peer-reviewed articles, theses, repositories, or conference papers, as well as full-text articles to which the Geneva Graduate Institute subscribes.

Google is less selective about what is included in its search results than more curated academic databases. Evaluate the credibility of resources linked through Google Scholar before using them.

Not everything is available through Google Scholar... Complete your research with the Swisscovery catalogue and our A-Z Databases list.
You can also try alternative search tools.

The Library's electronic resources are accessible from off-campus through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.

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Using the same convenient and familiar interface as Google, Google Scholar offers options not available in regular Google searches, such as:

  • Copying a formatted citation in a variety of styles, including Chicago-style
  • Exporting bibliographic data (BibTeX, RIS) for use with reference management software, even if there are easier ways to download a reference.
  • Finding other works in which your reference has been cited
  • Finding full-text versions of articles where they are freely available
  • Setting up a library connection to highlight titles available through your institution's subscriptions

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