How to use Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Google Scholar works similarly to the Google that we all know and love, but limits the results to scholarly items.

If you want to use Google Scholar,

1. Go to the library homepage at and click on "Ask the Library" if you are off campus. In the new page, click on "Off Campus Access under the "Help Quick Links". Sign in with your uNID and password

2. Click on the Databases tab under the Search box.

3. Click on the letter G for Google Scholar.


4. Scroll down to find Google Scholar and click on the red title link.


5 If you have a Google account, sign in in the upper right corner so that you can save your settings..



6.  Click on three vertical lines on the top left corner. A list will appear. Click on Settings button at the end of the list to set your setting preferences.


7. At the bottom of the new page under the Bibliographic Manager heading, click on the dropdown next to "Show links to import into. . ." and choose EndNote and then click save.



8. Reopen the Settings options and click on the Library Links button. Search for the University of Utah and click on the checkboxes next to both of the University of Utah options. Click save.


9. Search in Google Scholar, use keyword searches and the asterisk * truncates words. For example, searching for educ* will bring back items with the words educate, educated, and education. Using AND between words tells the search engine to find all of the words in every result, while OR tells it to find any of the words in the result. Parenthesis allow you to combine multiple AND and OR statement.


10. Use the limiters on the left side of the page to narrow down the results to the last ten years or whatever custom range you prefer.


11. If the item says "Book" next to the title, search for the title in the library catalog.


12. If the item has a Get It @UU link or a PDF button, click there to get the full text.


13. Even if you don't see this button, click on the article title because there may be a full text link available.

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