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Google and Research

Use this guide to assist you in using Google for your academic research

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is a tool that students and researchers can use to find scholarly material.

Google Scholar allows users to search lots of different formats, genres, and disciplines.

 On this page, you'll find how to:

  • configure Google Scholar to your own device
  • search Google Scholar
  • how to use the Case Law function
  • use some advanced features

The Basics: Configure Google Scholar to Display Find It @MU

Users are able to link Google Scholar to MU resources. Follow the basic steps below to get started! 

Step 1:  Start at the homepage.










Step 2: Select the menu icon on the top left of the screen. At the bottom of the menu, select the button for settings. 














Step 3: After clicking on Settings, choose "Library links" on the left side menu. 













Step 4: Type in University of Missouri in the search box, and check the box on the left side of "University of Missouri- FIndit@MU." It's also recommended that users check the box for Open WorldCat. Selecting this will allow you to search available resources in collections around the world. 









Step 5: Click the blue button "save" to save your actions. 

Step 6: Run a Search in Google Scholar, and search for "Find It @MU" links. Findit@MU is a link resolver that appears in many of the library's subscription databases. It connects MU students, faculty and staff to online articles, print holdings in the campus libraries and interlibrary loan services.  (Note:  The FindIt@MU icon does not display in Google Scholar, you will just see the text, FindIt@MU).




How to Search In Google Scholar

Step 1: Type keywords into the query box, just like a usual Google search. Google may make suggestions about keywords, to try to narrow your search.


Step 2: The search will yield as many results as Google can find with the keywords that you entered. 

Step 3: Although Google does not offer as many limiters as the library databases, you still have the option to limit by relevance and date, and whether or not patents and citations should be included. 

Step 4: Once you see an article that you would like to look at, click the "Find It @MU" link on the right side of the page to gain access 

Step 6: If there are articles that you would like to save or read later, send them to the "My Library" by clicking the white star that's underneath the title of the article. When you decide to view them at a later browsing session, click "My Library" on the right top part of the page, or the "My Library" link that's in the menu. Make sure you are signed in with your google account when you do this. 

Advanced Search

Use advanced search to narrow down your results.

Step 1: Select the menu on the left side of the screen 

Step 2: Select the Advanced Search at the bottom of the menu 

Use Advanced Search to: 

  • Search an exact phrase
  • Search for words in the title of the article 
  • Search by author 
  • Search by date range

Create an Alert

You can create an "alert" for a topic you are interested in, so you can stay on top of the latest articles being published in this area. 

Step 1: Go to the Google Scholar menu on the left side of the screen.

Step 2: Select "alerts from the menu"


Step 3: Choose the red button

Step 4: Enter the keywords or subjects you would like to be alerted to, and enter your email. 

Step 5: Click the red "Create Alert" button again. 


Use the Metrics tool to find highly cited papers in different fields. The metrics button can be find in the left side menu. 

Step 1: Choose the menu on the left side of the screen


Step 2: Choose the Metrics button 

First, the top 100 journals will appear. Use the drop-down menus to brows through journals ranked by subject categories and languages to find papers and articles that are relevant to your fields and interests. 

Case Law

Use Google Scholar and the open web to search for different case laws. 

Step 1: Click the round button underneath the search box


Step 2: Select the courts you want to search. When you select the "case law" button, a choice for federal court or a state court will appear. You can select either, and enter a search. 

Step 3: If you would like to select multiple courts, or a different court than the one that appears at first, click the link "Select courts..." and many different courts, both federal and state, will appear. 

Step 4: Once you have selected all of your preferred courts, choose the blue "done" button at the left top of the page, and the search box will appear. 

Step 5: When you run a search, and select a case you would like to read, look at the options at the top left of the page. You are able to view a PDF of the case to read, as well as see the ways that it has been cited in the past. You can switch between the two options of "Read" and "How cited" by clicking on them. 

Step 6: Just like in the default version of Google Scholar, you can limit, create alerts, or save articles to your "library" to read later.