What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar is a search engine which indexes an ever expanding collection of academic publications. The publications are not found by ‘ordinary’ Google. Some publishers have given Google Scholar access to the full text of their electronic journals. This search engine also retrieves citations and references to books.
When using Google Scholar, UvA students and staff may profit from Google’s full-text deals with publishers, but also from the electronic journal subscriptions of UvA itself.
If the search result has a link UvA-linker: Full Text, you have immediate access to the digital version via UvA. Some search results show a UvA-linker under More. This means that the publication is print-only and not available in digital form. The link lead to the UvA catalogue or PiCarta.
How does it work?
When you are working on a computer within the UvA domain you don’t need to do anything. Google Scholar recognises you as belonging to UvA and immediately adds the UvA-linker button.
Outside the UvA domain you must adjust your settings to UvA:
- click settings on top of the start screen
- select Library links (left margin)
- enter Amsterdam and click the magnifying glass
- tick UvA and click Save
Google Scholar Library
In Google Scholar you can save search results. For this, you need a free Google Account.
To save a title, click Save.
If you wish to add a label, go to My Library > click the title > Labels > Create a new label.
You’ll find more support in Google Scholar.
Exporting references to RefWorks
In Google Scholar you can activate a button to export references to RefWorks:
- click Settings top right
- at Bibliography manager select Show links to import citations into RefWorks and click Save.
From now on your search results in Google Scholar will have a button Import into RefWorks. Click it and a reference is automatically exported to RefWorks.