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How do I... use Google Scholar?


  • Getting Started
  • Get the Full Text
  • Use the "Cited by" Links


What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is Google's search tool for identifying scholarly research material. You can use Google Scholar to get to some of the books and journals that the CU Libraries' subscribe to. To get comprehensive access to what's available at the CU Libraries, search Chinook, the library catalog, or choose from the article databases that are available for your subject/topic.


When should I use Google Scholar?

A great search tool for getting started with your research as well as searching for gray literature* on a topic, Google Scholar is best used in conjunction with the specialized resources available through the CU Libraries. Search the subject-specific articles databases available from Find Articles and More, and the CU Libraries catalog, Chinook, in addition to Google Scholar to make sure you're being comprehensive with your search.


* Gray literature describes information that is published outside of the mainstream journal and monograph/book literature.


What's available in Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches for articles, theses, books, book chapters, conference papers, abstracts, technical reports, legal/court opinions, and patents from a variety of sources, including academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and web sites. (Get more information from Google)


How results are ranked in Google Scholar

"Google Scholar aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature." (from Google)



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How can I get the full text of articles in Google Scholar?


Option 1: Use the link in Chinook.

  1. Log in with your identikey
  2. It will automatically include “find it @ CU” links in Google Scholar, without changing settings/library preferences
Google Scholar (Chinook)
Option 2: Set up your preferences
  1. Go to Google Scholar
  2. Find the "Scholar Preferences" link
  3. Look for the "Library Links" section
  4. Search for "University of Colorado at Boulder"
  5. Mark the boxes next to the CU options
  6. Click the "Save Preferences" button
  7. Now, you're done!

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What if I don't see the "Find it @ CU" links in my Google Scholar results?

  1. Follow the steps above; if the "Find it @ CU" links do not appear from some articles/book chapters/books, then...
  2. Search for the name of the journal or book in Chinook, the CU Library catalog, to see if it is available from the CU Libraries (online or in print)

What if I still can't find the full text?

  1. If you can't find the full text via "Find it @ CU" or by searching Chinook, then...
  2. Request the article/chapter/book through Interlibrary Loan


Using the "Cited by" links in Google Scholar

Under each item in the results list of a search of Google Scholar is a "Cited by" link

Clicking on the "cited by" link will bring up a results list of all items that cited the original work (in this example, "Seeking Meaning," by Kuhlthau and Bates).


You can then scan the "cited by" results to identify other interesting works, scan the results for other vocabulary or keywords you may want to search, or look for more recent works that address your research topic.