- Quick and easy way to find some scholarly articles.
- Can access many library resources through GS searches.
- Can actually find books held by York libraries.
Not So Good News
- Google Scholar’s Beta release status means some functionality is not there yet:
- Relevancy ranking in GS skews very heavily to giving quite old results on the first few pages.
- Can’t sort results by date or limit to very new additions to the index database.
- Google Scholar doesn’t regularly update its index database, so new information won’t be there.
- Google Scholar doesn’t let us know what publishers it covers, so it may be missing important articles in many subjects.
- Humanities and social sciences are not that well covered.
- You may be asked to pay for articles you can get for free via the library.
The Libraries licenses scholarly full text resouces in every discipline!
- Finding articles and other resources for your subject
- Scholars Portal has full text search for all subjects!
- How to access all this great stuff from home.
From Google Scholar to Online Full-Text
- Go to Google Scholar.
- Select “Scholar Preferences”.
- In the Library Links box, enter
york universityand click the Find Libraries button.
- Check the box beside
York University Libraries, CA - (Find It @ York (online)
- Click the Save Preferences button at the bottom of the page.
- Follow the Find It @ York (Online) links to access available full-text.
Google Scholar RefWorks Support
It is possible to export records from Google Scholar into your RefWorks database. However, this export currently works only when you are on-campus. If off-campus, you will be directed to the U.S. RefWorks server and will not be able to log in. To set up the export to RefWorks feature in Google Scholar:
- Select Scholar Preferences from the Google Scholar homepage.
- In the Bibliography Manager section of the Preferences page, select the “Show links to import citations into…” radio button and select RefWorks from the drop-down menu.
- Save the changes.
- An “Import into RefWorks” link should appear in each citation in your Google Scholar search results.
NOTE: Google Scholar does not do a good job of parsing the citation data (e.g., authors, titles, source, etc.). As a result, always check the imported citation in RefWorks to ensure that the data was properly imported. It may require some editing.