Google scholar 101

One of the major skills to refine when at uni is knowing how to research effectively πŸ˜‰ For some, others prefer searching for journal articles via the Deakin Library databases website. But as for me, Google scholar does the job for me!

But hold the phone! What’s a journal article? A journal article is a research paper on a topic that’s been rigorously researched by scholars/academics and has been peer reviewed. In other words a research paper that is backed up by prior studies (academic). And these researchers actually conduct their own experiments to solve the question/topic!

So how do you go about finding these journal articles?

The Google scholar way is below πŸ˜‰

1. Go to Google scholar

Google Scholar

Google Scholar 2014

2. Click on Settings.

Google Scholar settings

Google scholar 2014

3. Click on Library links.

GS Library Links

Google Scholar 2014

4. Enter in Deakin.


Google Scholar 2014

5. Tick these 3 boxes and you’re good to go!
(* This is just an initial set up so you only need to do this once and Google will remember the settings πŸ˜‰


Google Scholar 2014

And just for an example.

Let’s look up journal articles for Cryptography.
As you can see there’s a lot of outdated journal articles that are generated.

Rule of thumb for journal articles the last 4 years are considered current. So like 2010-2014. This applies to most assignments so happy days!

So how to get more recent ones?

1. On the left hand side click on Since 2014. Then the most current to least current articles will populate.


Google Scholar 2014

2. I quite like the look of Neuroscience meets cryptography.
Click on Find @ Deakin


Google Scholar 2014

3. You’ll arrive at the database portal. Any links under the full text will take you to the article. If all else fails, click on Publisher’s site.


Deakin Uni 2014

4. Now you’re just seconds away to accessing your first journal article successfully! Pop in your Deakin login details and…


Deakin Uni 2014

5. Here we are at the download page! Best way to read journal articles is to download the PDF. For app recommendations see The essential uni apps =)

Journal article



4 thoughts on “Google scholar 101

    • Tom says:

      I agree Ed, this blog is amazing! I always found searching for journal articles a big pain for assignments. It literally took forever. But thanks to Unibookworm and Google Scholar, no more! Thanks.


      • unibookworm says:

        That’s awesome to hear that you found this helpful Tom! Thanks for your support too =) so chuffed that you guys find it helpful, that was the reason why I started the blog. And just like Ed, would you be interested in guest blogging? And let me know if there’s a topic that you would like a post on!


    • unibookworm says:

      Thanks Ed! I’m pretty chuffed by your comment =D Would you be interested to guest blog for me one day? Hope you find everything here useful. Let me know if there’s any certain topics you would like a post on, and I’ll be happy to write it up!


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