Google Scholar Search Tips

Setting preferences in Google Scholar

How do I access the Carleton library's licensed copies of articles that I find on Google Scholar?

Before you search Google Scholar, you must select preferences in the setting menu. Once you set and save your preferences, you will be able to link to library resources retrieved with a Google Scholar search.

1. Click Settings on the Google Scholar web page.

Google Scholar web page settings

2. On the Settings page click on Library Links, (you can also select your preferred citation management tool under Bibliography Manager).

Library Links and Bibliography manager

3. Type Carleton into the search box and click on the search icon.

4. Check the Get It @ Carleton U, CARLETON UNIVERSITY - ProQuest Fulltext, and Canadian National Catalogue - Find in AMICUS, (if not already checked), and click Save.

Show library access links

Now you are ready to start searching. In the search results, watch for the full-text link on the right of your screen.

Citation with Get it at Carleton U link

You can also see the number of times an article has been cited in Web of Science. Click on this link and you will arrive on the Web of Science page that lists the citing articles.

Tips for making Google Scholar work for you.

1. How do I search by author, or limit to certain publications or dates?

Use the Advanced Scholar search by clicking on the down arrow in the search box. This will allow you to search for author, publicaitons and date range searching.

Google Scholar down arrow

2. Why does the 'full text' link appear next to some items and not others?

Google Scholar displays this link after comparing the citation to Carleton's list of electronic subscriptions. Keep in mind that Google Scholar does not know when we have the print version, nor can it match an incomplete citation. So, if the item is not available for free via the web, be sure to check Summon on the the library's home page.

3. Is everything in Google Scholar free?

No. Google Scholar includes many references that link directly to publisher's web sites, most of which will charge a fee for access. However, the library subscribes to many of these publications on behalf of the Carleton research community.

4. How can I get the full text through the Carleton Library subscriptions?

The full-text link should be your first choice, but if this link is not available try other links that are displayed, since Google Scholar will find multiple sources for the same citation. When you are unable to find free access to full-text through Google Scholar, use Summon or Ask the Library to get access to the title.

5. How comprehensive is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar searches open access materials, including CURVE, as well as items for many publishers. However, Google Scholar only searches a fraction of the published scholarly literature. Use Summon to search many of our databases simultaneously. Subjec-specific databases are also useful, have more advanced search features and tend to be more precise.

6. What about citation searching?

Google Scholar provides forward (in time) citation searching, automatically extracting and displaying works cited as separate results. For both forward and backward citation searching, use Web of Science or Scopus.

Content last updated: February 8, 2019