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Using Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar? | Setting Google Scholar Preferences | Searching | Accessing Materials at CSUDH | More Information

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar "provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research." (website)

Essentially, Google Scholar lets you search for Books and Articles from scholarly journals while harnessing the power of Google's search engine technology. It can also serve as a great way to find an article on the CSUDH Library website when all you have is the author name and/or article title. If you know the journal title, it is easier to find your article using our Journal List instead.

You can access Google Scholar from anywhere by going to http://scholar.google.com or by clicking the "Google Scholar" link on the library's home page.


Setting Google Scholar Preferences

Before you can use Google Scholar to find articles at CSUDH, you will need to set your Google Scholar Preferences.

First, go to the Scholar Prefences link by clicking it next to the search bar.

An image showing the location of the google scholar preferences

On the preferences screen, scroll down to the section marked Library Links. This section will link your searches to our electronic databases so that you can jump from the google scholar results page to the article in our databases in one easy click. Type CSUDH in the text field and then click the Find Library button

An image showing where to type CSUDH

Next, scroll back down to Library Links and mark the following three check boxes:

  • California State University - Dominguez Hills - Full Text@IngentaConnect
  • CSU, Dominguez Hills - SFX Services
  • CSUDH - Find Full at CSUDH
Image showing which three boxes to check in the preferences

Now simply scroll to the bottom of the page and hit save preferences and you're ready to start searching!


Searching Google Scholar

Although you can sometimes get results you want by using the basic search, it is usually much easier to use the Advanced Scholar Search. The advanced search options allow you to specify an Author and to search for various words in the title, among other options.


Accessing Materials at CSUDH

When you have your scholar preferences set up correctly, you should see something that looks like the following whenever you do a search:

Image showing a sample google scholar search

Most importantly, there is a link titled Find It at CSUDH, which will take you directly into our databases to see if we have an article or not. Note that in some cases you may not even need database access to view articles. Articles which are available online for free will have a link to the right marked with a green arrow, the name of the site where the article is available in link form, and then a 3-letter file format after it.


More Information

More information can be found on the Google Scholar Help website.