If you are familiar with searching on Google, then Google Scholar will feel very familiar. The differences are mostly in the types of results you see, not how Google's search features function.
Like all search engines, the keywords you choose greatly influence the quality of your results. For tips on choosing the right keywords, check out the tutorial below.
Google Scholar features an Advanced Search mode as well. This can be useful if you want to find an exact phrase, omit terms from your search, search for a specific author, or read articles from a particular journal. To find this mode: