Open Google Scholar
This step-by-step guide will give you a brief overview of Google Scholar, allowing you to use it more effectively.
Once you have completed this tutorial you will be able to search for citations and retrieve full text articles from the UNTHSC Lewis Library collection.
*Remember to use Google Scholar to complement UNTHSC’s research databases, NOT as a replacement. As with any Internet search, be cautious of your results and evaluate them for authenticity and accuracy before using them as a resource.*
What exactly is Google Scholar? Google Scholar is a search engine that focuses on scholarly sources across multiple disciplines and sources at once.
How does Google Scholar work?
Google Scholar functions using a search algorithm called Googlebot. This algorithm is focused on identifying scholarly sources on the Internet. However, since Google is a proprietary company, we don’t know exactly how they are classifying sources as “scholarly.”
How do I download full-text articles using Google Scholar?
If Google Scholar finds a version of the article freely available online, it will provide you with a PDF copy to download.
For scholarly literature (such as most journal articles) that is not freely available online, you will need to link Google Scholar to Lewis Library’s collection to download an article.
If you have a Google account, Google Scholar allows you to create a library of your searches. You can export your searches in to EndNote, RefWorks, and other citation software. You can also create alerts for searches that you run frequently, and Google will email you a list of results.
Log in to your Google account by hitting “Sign In” at the top right hand corner of the screen.
Link your Google account to the Lewis Library collection to download full-text articles directly from your Google Scholar results page.
1. Navigate to the menu bar on the top left-hand side of the window
2. Select Settings
3. Click on Library links
4. In the search field, search for the University of North Texas Health Science Center
5. Select UNTHSC and click save
Now we are ready to start our first search.
Search keywords in Google Scholar the same way you would in another search engine or a simple database search.
In the search field, type in “Shin splints AND therapy” and hit search.
Note that well over 9,000 results appear. The high search results are due to the fact that Google Scholar is searching the Internet, instead of a curated database.
Select “Custom range” to narrow the date range of the search to a time period of your choosing. Or, select one of Google Scholar’s pre-determined date options.
Exit out of the "Cite" menu to be taken back to your search results.
You can save results to a Library in your Google account. This way, you can easily access a list of articles you are interested in every time you log into Google.
Select the large star icon to save that search result to your library.
Advance to the next slide to download your certificate of completion.
Please complete a brief, 2-3 minute survey about your experience using this tutorial:
Please enter your name and email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz.
You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.