Are you a student or an academic who has a passion for handmade? Are you looking for a new way to collect content resources for your craft blog?

Google Scholar – A New Way To Gather Compelling Resources For Your Craft BlogGet to know Google Scholar!

It was created by Anurag Acharya, a former academic who joined Google’s web-indexing team in 2000. It is Google’s customized search engine and tool for students and academics. It allows you to search journals, save sources to your personal library and, yes, get quick citations. Google Scholar is the world’s largest and most-used academic search engine.

It is not only for students and academics; you can also use it for your own resources.

For example:

I entered the word Etsy in the Google Scholar bar, and there were many interesting results.

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The “Adaptive selling behavior revisited…” is an article that starts with an analysis of the Etsy’s technological and socio-cultural precursors. The author of that study interrogated Etsy’s self-presentation as a company interested in both commerce and community.

It shows in his study that sellers maintain high expectations for what the website can and will help them to achieve.

He also explore the aesthetics of the objects promoted on Etsy with particular attention to the traditionally gendered nature of craftwork, reconfigured notions of labor and leisure, and the perceived benefits and drawbacks of individual artists working inside a private, for-profit company.

This study can definitely help you understand how Etsy works as a community and a marketplace in which you can incorporate to your marketing efforts.

You will first see an abstract about the study and if you like it, you can download the full text for free.

Here are some of its useful features that will help you and your handmade business:

Easy To Use

It works essentially like a typical search engine. However, you need to be as specific as possible, to get the best results. It is designed to return a combination of the most relevant and most cited pages, meaning you’ll get what’s been cited most by other academics (which are usually the most informative, reliable sources).

Reliable Sources

Once you’ve navigated to a results page, you’ll see information about the author, publisher and date for each entry. You’ll also see the location of the entry (for example, Google Books or JSTOR) and a link that says “other versions,” from which you can navigate to other webpages on which the article has appeared. A link on the left side of the page will link directly to the article and indicated its format (HTML, PDF, etc.).

Online Library Feature

When you are at the search results, it will allow you to build a library. Once you add something to it, you can see a complete info sheet of the article, including the abstract, and you can organize it under a label to with similar sources.

Set up alerts

If you are looking for current events related to handmade business marketing, keeping up with the latest academic literature adds yet another task to an already difficult project. It gives you the option of setting up alerts when there are new results for a specific search term, so you can stay updated when there are new articles and books publish related to it.

Google Scholar vs Google

Google Scholar is a scope limited version of Google, and we say if you want to use a Google service, at least use Google Scholar, which does not include non-scholarly entries like Wikipedia, blog entries unlike in Google.All this is correct, except the main difference between Google Scholar and Google, is while both allow you to find articles if you search by title, only Google Scholar includes full-text in the index.

It happens because the bots from Google Scholar are given the rights by publishers like Elsevier, Sage to index the full-text of paywalled articles on publisher owned platform domains, while Google bots can only get at whatever is public, basically title and abstracts.

Search Character Limit

There is a character limit for search queries in Google Scholar of 256. Apparently if you go beyond, it will silently drop the extra terms without warning you. Typical searches of course won’t go beyond 256 characters, but ultra precise systematic review queries might of course.

There you have it. Have you tried using Google Scholar for your handmade business? Please let us know your experience in the comment box below.

Gary Capps

I live in the one of the most beautiful places in the world on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my wife and our 2 dogs, Poppy and Mia. Since 2009 I have helped over 15,000 handmade business owners to grow their business with our software and free tools designed for todays entrepreneurial artisan.

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