Google Scholar is a Web Search engine run by Google that indexes scholarly literature like peer-reviewed journals, academic books, conference papers, and more.
As such, Google Scholar is a good way to find "grey literature," or material like conference papers that have not been published in traditional ways.
However, Google Scholar may have more "noise" in its results, including non-scholarly and duplicate material.
Google Scholar has an Advanced search function, however, much like Google, it is a Web Search engine, not a Library Database. Google Scholar may search through Academic sources, but it still uses the search methodology of Crawling and Indexing, not expert Cataloguing.
The down arrow to the right of the search box accesses Google Scholar's advanced search features. This advanced search will allow you to search for specific phrases, as well as authors and date ranges.
You will note this looks different to most advanced search screens, however, this still has most of the same functionality of other Search engines and Library databases. "At least one" of the words is similar in function to the "OR" Boolean operator, for example.
Narrow your results by using the refine options, located on the left side of the search results screen:
Once you have results there are a number of options for each item:
Google Scholar interlinks with ECU Library systems.
Google Scholar returns a lot of results, some of which may be available via free PDF, however, many are behind Library Database pay-walls.
By linking your Google Scholar account with ECU Library, Google Scholar will allow you to link directly to our subscription Databases, allowing you free access to material ECU owns.
Go to the Settings menu on the Google Scholar site, to Library Links, and search for "Edith Cowan University."
Once selected, you will find "FindIt@ECU" as an option below every result.
Note: In order to use these functions, you require a Google Sign-In and allow Google to save Cookies in your Browser (somewhat impinging your Privacy).
Edith Cowan University acknowledges and respects the Noongar people, who are
the traditional custodians of the land upon which its campuses stand and its programs
In particular ECU pays its respects to the Elders, past and present, of the Noongar people, and embrace their culture, wisdom and knowledge.