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World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE)

Search Tips for Google Scholar

Search Google Scholar (GS)

GS searches a subset of scholarly materials including academic peer-reviewed journal articles, books, chapter, conference proceedings, research and technical reports, and dissertations and theses. GS claims to "... rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature." (About Google Scholar)

Many Queen's library holdings are listed in Google Scholar. This means that when you perform a GS search, items available through Queen's will show a Get it @ Queen's link as long as you have logged in through the Off-Campus Access link. 

Once proxied in you can choose Google Scholar under the  All Databases A - Z area : Google Scholar.

Once you arrive at the GS page you can perform your search and wherever there is a  Get it @ Queen's link you can click to read the full text.


Google Scholar screen

In the example below I have a results set for the search: Indigenous land based education Canada. If I am interested in the results I can click on the  Get it @ Queen's link to view the full-text, otherwise I can refine my search string and perhaps adjust the date range at the left of my results.

Google Scholar result

Search with operators:  

Watch a video demo of a search on program evaluation relating to environmental education or follow the steps illustrated below of a search on the concept "assessment for learning".

Chart of Operators and Examples

The results of my search using: intitle:methodology “First Nations” OR Aboriginal OR Indigenous AND Decoloniz* Canada may look something like this:

Google Scholar results


  • Click "Cited by" to see who else has cited the paper. Also try "Related articles".