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Google Scholar

A guide for using Google Scholar.

Google Scholar


Welcome to our LibGuide about Google Scholar! This guide will explain the basics of Google Scholar and teach you how to set your preferences.

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is a search engine for finding scholarly literature in many disciplines. When you search you can:

  • Explore or keep track of an area of research.
  • Get full text of freely available scholarly literature.
  • Get full text of resources that Rowan University provides access to (once you set your preferences).
  • See how many times an article has been cited (even your own publications).

Here is a link to Google's page describing Google Scholar and its features:

Setting your preferences in Google Scholar


Before searching Google Scholar, you should set your preferences in the settings menu. Once you have, you will be able to link to Rowan University resources retrieved in your searches and even link to your preferred citation manager, such as Refworks or EndNote.


How to set Google Scholar preferences:


  1. Click Settings on the Google Scholar webpage.                                                                                                    

  2. Click Search results and select you search preferences, including your preferred citation manager, then save.

  3. Click Library links and search for “rowan” in the search bar.

  4. Check the Rowan University box, then click save.

  5.   Now when you search, you will see Full-Text @ Rowan in your search results.