Google Scholar is the world's largest "free" academic search engine. Google Scholar sorts results by presenting "most relevant" citations first by using its PageRank algorithm (a measure of article popularity/value). The cited-by feature leads to other scholarly articles. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.
Go to Settings, Library Links, select University of British Columbia - UBC eLink, and Save in order to connect your Google Scholar account to UBC library resources.
To enable more precise searching, go to Advanced Search and enter your search keywords. Limit by date, author, or publication title. Search results will include books as well as articles. There is no way to eliminate books from your search results.
Important features: Related Articles, Cited by, and Cite (select APA citation style).
Connect: Google Scholar Citations
Source data: Citations present in Google Scholar from a five year period ending one year ago. For example, in August, 2015, Google Scholar Citations includes citations from articles published between 2010 and 2014. More details.
See Google Scholar Metrics for definitions.
Also available: ranked lists of Top 100 Publications for journals published in a number of languages including English, French and Chinese. For English-language publications, additional Top 100 Publications lists are available for broad disciplines (e.g. Social Science), and for subcategories of the broad disciplines, e.g. Family Studies.
Citation Analysis is the examination of the frequency and patterns of citations in articles and books.
It can be used to evaluate the impact of individual research, mapping impact in a field of research or journal, discover related research, or decide on a publication in which to publish.
A Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is used to indicate the relative importance of a journal within a given field and a higher JIF is seen as providing more “authority” or “weight” to a researchers’ work.
For much more detailed information, see UBC Library's Citation Analysis & Impact Factors page:
Journal impact factor is based on the # number of articles published in a given journal, and numbers of times articles have been cited over time (e.g., 2 years). Some metrics aim to account for other aspects of citations, including:
Journal Citation Reports (JCR®) provides the Journal Impact Factor, the best known journal metric.
Source data: Journal Citation Reports provides the impact factor, immediacy index, Eigenfactor metrics, and other citation data for approximately 12,000 scholarly and technical journals and conference proceedings from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries in the Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Science Citation Index in the Web of Science Core Collection. Journals listed exclusively in Arts and Humanities Citation Index are not included.
Also available: ranked lists of journals in Subject Categories (e.g. History, Forestry, Pathology), based on journal impact factor.