How to Find Academic Resources on Google Scholar: How to Research for Writers

No doubt you have been warned that Wikipedia is not always a good site to find valid research materials. A surer bet for research is to search Google Scholar.

1. Go to Google

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2. Type  “Google Scholar” in the Search Window.

3. From the Google Scholar search window, narrow your research term.

Let’s try the search term “darkness greek mythology”

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I’ll select the top reference, which is a book. Below the link, notice the word “Cite.” Click there to get a ready-to-use citation for Works Cited:

Use the MLA Citation:

Christopoulos, Menelaos, Olga Levaniouk, and Efimia D. Karakantza, eds. Light and darkness in ancient Greek myth and religion. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

Select the PDF option for Books [if there is one] The PDF version is easier to read. 



We’ll continue to discuss some of the literary themes that we have previously discussed, but you will see how those themes were developed thousands of years ago by the Ancient Greeks. The ancient Greeks were very much aware of Darkness, and in their myths, they developed the theme of Darkness in numerous ways.

I have begun creating the website “Mythological Connections.” I selected that name because mythology is a way to begin connecting the dots in relation to more modern literature and movies, too. Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Series are based on Norse Mythology. I would dare say that most, if not all, fantasy writers are heavily steeped in ancient mythologies–probably from numerous civilizations. =

D’aulaire’s Greek Mythology Book is another good book resource, and it would be a great source for any paper that you write.


You can peek at that book free from Google Scholar, but there is no PDF listed on Google Scholar. Drag down to the Contents, and there are links to each chapter in that book from that Contents page. D’Aulaire’s is available at almost any public library.. 

D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by d'Aulaire, Ingri, d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin  (1st (first) Edition) [Hardcover(1962)]: Ingri d'Aulaire: Books

I have the following book:

D’Aulaire, Ingri, and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire. D’Aulaires book of Greek myths. Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2017.