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Google Scholar searches for scholarly literature in a simple, familiar way. You can search across many disciplines and sources at once to find articles, books, theses, court opinions, and content from academic publishers, professional societies, some academic web sites, and more. See the Google Scholar inclusion guidelines for more about what’s in Google Scholar

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For more precise searching, use Google's Advanced Scholar Search Page, or try these tips:

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  • Use the "author:" operator (eg. aphasia author:jones finds articles about aphasia written by people named Jones)

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Types of sources

  • As research is created and disseminated, it moves from being a primary source → →  toward being → →  a tertiary source.
  • The earlier in the process (and closer to the actual science being done) the more likely you are dealing with a primary sources.
  • When you start to research a topic (before you do any science), you go the opposite direction ← ←. You may start with a tertiary source, like Wikipedia or library database and move toward the original work or primary research.

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