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Configure Google Scholar

Google Scholar <> provides a simple way to search broadly for scholarly literature, including articles, theses, books and more from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Configure Google Scholar to display materials available from the SDSU Library:

  1. Go to Settings on the Google Scholar main page.
  2. Click Library links and type SDSU.
  3. Select San DIego State University - Find it at SDSU and Save.
  4.  Now your Google Scholar search results will show up with a Find it at SDSU link if the SDSU library owns the material.  Click on this link to access to the item.

Install the Google Scholar button Google Scholar Button

  1. Add the browser plug-in for Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
  2. To find full text on the web or in the library, highlight the title of the paper on the page you're reading, and click the Scholar button to see top three results; click full screen in the lower left of the popup to see them all.
  3. To read PDF in browser, click and drag file to address bar, then follow above.
  4. To format references in widely used citation styles, click the quote button in the popup to see a formatted reference and copy/paste it into the paper you're writing.

Select your preferred citation manager to download single citations:

  1.  Under Bibliography Manager, change Show links to import citations into to EndNote (.enw) or RefMan(.ris) and Save.
  2.  Now your Google Scholar search results will show an Import into EndNote or Import into RefMan link for each citation in the search results.  When you click the link, a file with the single citation will download as scholar.enw or scholar.RIS.

Use My library to store and organize your citations:
You will need a Google account for this option.

  1.  On your Google Scholar results page, click the Save link for each citation you want..
  2.  Click My library to view all articles in your library. To search the full text of these articles, enter your query as usual in the search box.
  3.  You can use labels (for example: “artificial intelligence”) to categorize your articles.
  4.  To add a label to an article, find the article in your library, click on its title, open the Labels dropdown at the top of the page, and select the label you want to apply.
    • To view all the articles with a specific label, click the label name in the left column of your library page.
    • To remove a label from an article, click on its title, open the Labels dropdown at the top of the page, and select the label you want to remove.
    • To add, edit, or delete labels, click Manage labels in the left column of your library page.
    • To remove an article, click on its title, and then click the Delete button at the top of the page.