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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Google scholar Science Research

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Google scholar Science Research


About Google Scholar …

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine. It looks like Google Web Search but searches only for scholarly materials, such as peer-reviewed articles, preprints, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, coming from a wide variety of sources, including: academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites.

Google Scholar offers 2 search interfaces: Basic Search and Advanced Search. To perform a Basic Search, simply enter keywords and phrases (put phrases inside quotation marks) in the single search box. To perform an advanced search, go to Setting > Advanced Search page where you can specify keywords, phrases, authors, publications, dates, subject areas, etc. using the given options.


Google Scholar is a great tool to find scholarly resources. Having said that, it has its limitations, such as:

  • Lack of controlled vocabulary.
  • Insufficient limiting features and search options.
  • Scope of coverage is uncertain.
  • The timeliness of the information is uncertain/may not be provided.

We recommend using Google Scholar to supplement your searches using the Library’s discovery tools and subscription databases.

Full Text & Citations

How to locate full text …

If the full text of a document is not available freely on the Web, please follow these steps:


  1. Click the title of the item. If it belongs to a subscription source that the Library has a subscription to, you should be able to see the full text or a link to it.
  2. The full text is not always free. If you are asked to pay, do not do it.  Instead, click the Find@HKUST link to check the Library Collection. If it doesn’t bring you to the full text, ask a librarian for assistance.


You are recommended to activate the Library Links so that your search results would include links that direct you to the Library subscriptions.  Follow the instructions below to set your Scholar Preferences:

  1. Go to Scholar Preferences.
  2. Click Library links on the left-hand sidebar, key in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  3. Choose the Library
  4. Click Save Preferences at the bottom

After the above is set, you will see Find@HKUST links on your results screen. Use these links to locate books and articles subscribed by the Library. You may be prompted to enter your ITSC login to access subscribed sources.


How to import citations into RefWorks …

You can import a citation directly into your RefWorks account:

  1. Go to Scholar Preferences.
  2. At the Bibliography manager section, choose Show links to import citations into RefWorks.
  3. Each record on the search results page will then have the Import into RefWorks link.  Click on it to import a citation directly from Google Scholar to your RefWorks account.

Google Scholar Citations

About Google Scholar Citations …

Google Scholar Citations provides a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles, you can:

  • Choose to have your list of articles updated by Google Scholar automatically.
  • Add one article or groups of related articles in one search.
  • Check who is citing your publications.
  • Graph citations over time.
  • Compute several citation metrics. Your citation metrics are computed and updated automatically as Google Scholar finds new citations to your work on the Web.
  • Make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.


Your Google Scholar Citations Profile …

Watch the online tutorial “How to use Google Scholar Citations” to learn how to set up and manage your own profile. Click here to view the steps in text format. For further information, visit the Google Scholar Citations site.

A guide on Research Impact is also available. It provides details about citation counts, impact indicators, and how to make research publications visible.

Be a Smarter Searcher

Some Search Tips …

Using Search Operators

The search operators give you more control over the results that you would like to see.

  • Use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words, e.g. “corporate governance”.
  • Use site: to search within a specific domain, e.g. site:.edu.
  • Add a dash (-) before a word or site to exclude all results that include that word (e.g. libraries -public) or from that specific domain (e.g. investment -site:.org).
  • Use filetype: to look for files in the specified format, e.g. marketing filetype:.pdf.

Finding Recent Papers

Your search results are normally sorted by relevance, not by date. To find newer articles or articles in specific periods, try the following options in the left sidebar:

  • Click Since Year to show only recently published papers, sorted by relevance.
  • Click Custom range to enter a specific year range.
  • Click Sort by date to show just the new additions, sorted by date.

Finding Related Papers

Click Related articles or Cited by to see closely related work.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Google scholar Science Research


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