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Google Scholar @ USC

Learn how to connect to USC subscription database from Google Scholar

Advanced Search Tips

Search by author - use variants

Author search is usually [author:Lastname] Sometimes you will need to add a first initial, and if you do you should use quotation marks. Also, you should try variant spellings.
For example: To find works by Antonio Damasio, you should try
[author:"a damasio"],
[author:"antonio damasio"].


Exclude terms from your search

Put the minus symbol ("-") before 1st letter to exclude a word.
For example, [flowers -author:flowers] returns papers about flowers, and ignores papers written by people with the name Flowers

From the results page, select the menu bar and select "Advanced search" to discover additional filter options.  This search allows you to include, exclude, or specify words and phrases for your search.  You can also search by author, journal, and date.

Screenshoot of Google Scholar Advance search box

More Help from Google

If you would like some more tips on searching in Google Scholar, check out their Search Tips page: