Using Google's search operators, guide, we can restrict our search to that of a particular web domain, eg: site:twitter.com Paul Daniels

Within Google Scholar, can we perform a similar in nature search but for articles within a particular conference (or journal)? I am looking an operator specific to Google scholar which I expect would resemble conference:NIPS Paul Daniels


To search within a particular conference, go to the search result page (using an arbitrary search term), click on the small triangle that appears in the top row to the far right of the page and click on "Advanced search". This will open an extended search dialog where a field "Return articles published in..." exists.

  • It doesn't appear this feature still exists in Apr 2021 Apr 26 '21 at 14:58

You can use the source: operator. For example, search by source:NIPS to restrict to documents published by sources containing "NIPS" in their name.

  • This operator does not appear to work in Apr 2021 Apr 26 '21 at 14:58
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    @DanielKats Strange, it still works fine for me. Note that Scholar is sometimes very picky: Sometimes you have to use the source's abbreviation and sometimes you have to write it out in full. Either way, for me writing source:NIPS gives me results that all have NIPS highlighted in the source field (next to the author).
    – FWDekker
    Apr 27 '21 at 10:30
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    You're right. It appears you must not have a space after "source:" for this method to work Apr 29 '21 at 21:26
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    Better do: search terms source:NIPS OR source:"Neural Information" Jun 28 '21 at 11:58
  • Yes, good point. Google Scholar doesn't use abbreviations consistently in the source field, and does not match the full name if you write the abbreviation.
    – FWDekker
    Jun 29 '21 at 12:06

From the main scholar.google.com page you can select "Advanced Search" from the menu on the top left side (hidden behind hamburger menu button)

  • This feature does not appear to be present in Apr 2021 Apr 26 '21 at 14:58

Search by site

When we search for a keyword, on the right side of the search results we get for each entry something like [PDF] acm.org. This is useful to find the websites you'd like to add.

We can combine these sites: memory site:ieee.org OR site:acm.org OR site:usenix.org

Search by source

The search results have the name of the conference below the title of each entry. This might be a full title instead of only an acronym and that's what you need to use.

For example, attack source:ASPLOS returns nothing. But we get results using attack source:"Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems".

Using a more broader term for source such as attack source:"Operating Systems" gives you results for multiple conferences, namely ASPLOS and SOSP because both have operating systems in their name.

  • Even better: source:ASPLOS OR source:"Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems" Jun 28 '21 at 11:59

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