Google Scholar is a powerful tool in your research toolkit. If you have used a Google search, you are probably familiar with the layout and functionality of Google Scholar. Its familiar, easy-to-use single search box is one of its many benefits.
With Google Scholar, you can:
sort results by relevance to query and date of publication
easily see the number of times a publication has been cited
search broadly across many disciplines (makes multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary work easier to find)
search across document types (articles, book chapters, patents, citations, etc.)