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Google Scholar

This guide provides information on the pros/cons of using Google Scholar in the academic setting to supplement library resources.

Basic Search

Start off with several key terms, using quotation marks to group words and phrases together, along with Boolean searching (using AND OR NOT between search terms). 

A screenshot of a Google search for "water pollution" AND Mexico 

On the results page, you will see three essential columns:

  • The left column shows several search refinements for the basic search, including document type (Articles or Legal documents), date range, and sort by relevance or date
  • The center column contains the search results, which are in default order by relevance
    • Search results usually contain a linked title of the article, the basic citation information beneath, followed by a brief abstract from the text
  • The right column will help distinguish which articles are available through Duquesne's website, or available as PDFs through another institution.

A screenshot of a results page with the left-hand "Limit and Sort" options outlined. Also noted is the article title (which you can click to access the abstract) and right-side FullTextFinder links with text "These links indicate Duquesne might have full-text"

Advanced Search

To do an advanced search in Google Scholar:

  • Click the menu icon:

Screenshot of Google Scholar with top-left hamburger menu outlined

  • Click Advanced Search:

Screenshot of hamburger menu options with "Advanced search" outlined 

  • Enter search terms, exact phrases, search through specific authors/publications, and create a custom date range:

Screenshot of advanced search with several boxes filled in. The first is "Find articles...with all of the words" with "disease" typed in; the second is "Find articles...with the exact phrase" with "water pollution" filled in; the third is "Return articles dated between" with 2006 and 2018 filled in

LibKey Nomad in Google Scholar:

After you install LibKey Nomad, it will automatically scan for PDFs and direct links wherever your browse, this includes Google Scholar. 

Try clicking the title and if you have LibKey installed it will find the PDF for you. 

You will be given an option to click the button to download the PDF. 

If a PDF is not available, LibKey will provide a direct link for you to click. 

For more information on LibKey Nomad at Duquesne, see our full guide. 


Find Full-Text

After finding a resource, click the Full Text Finder @ Duquesne link on the far right to access Gumberg Library's resources.

When the Full Text Finder window opens, it presents options to get full text. 


If you cannot find electronic full text, click ILL. Full Text Finder will redirect you to the ILLiad Logon. You will need to login using your Duquesne University MultiPass credentials.

A screenshot of the ILLiad logon box


After you login, the information for the article is automatically filled in; all you have to do is scroll down and submit your request.


If the "FullTextFinder@Duquesne" does not appear on the right, try these options:

Click on a link if it appears on the far right. The link usually contains the resource in HTML or PDF formats.

Click on the title of the document. If the resource asks for a payment, do not purchase the article or book.

Google Scholar also utilizes open access materials. These are scholarly materials available for free through links to anyone from that publisher's website. 

With LibKey Nomad installed, if you don't see a side link, click the article and LibKey will search for full text and provide you a button if available. 

Another option is searching DUQSearch with the citation information. If you still cannot find full text, please contact a librarian.