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Bibliotheek Universiteit van Amsterdam – Google scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Bibliotheek Universiteit van Amsterdam – Google scholar. Google Scholar is a search engine which indexes an ever expanding collection of academic publications. The publications are not found by ‘ordinary’ Google. Some publishers have given Google Scholar access to the full text of their electronic journals.  This search engine also retrieves citations and references to books.


When using Google Scholar, UvA students and staff may profit from Google’s full-text deals with publishers, but also from the electronic journal subscriptions of UvA itself.

If the search result has a link UvA-linker: Full Text, you have immediate access to the digital version via UvA. With some search results you will find the UvA-linker via More (the 2 arrows under the title). This means that the publication is print-only and not available in digital form. The link lead to CataloguePlus.

How does it work?

When you are working on  a computer within the UvA domain you don’t need to do anything. Google Scholar recognises you as belonging to UvA and immediately adds the UvA-linker button.

Outside the UvA domain you must adjust your settings to UvA:

  1. click on the 3 dashes at the top left, and on Settings
  2. select Library links (left margin)
  3. enter Amsterdam and click the magnifying glass
  4. tick UvA and click Save

Google Scholar Library

In Google Scholar you can save search results. For this, you need a free Google Account.

To save a title, click Save (the star on the left, under the title).

If you want to add keywords, click on the 3 lines at the top left, My Library, select the title(s), and click on the Label icon at the top.

You’ll find more support in Google Scholar.

Exporting references to RefWorks

In Google Scholar you can activate a button to export references to RefWorks:

  1. click on the 3 dashes at the top left, and click on Settings
  2. at Bibliography manager select Show links to import citations into RefWorks and click Save.

From now on your search results in Google Scholar will have a button Import into RefWorksClick it and a reference is automatically exported to RefWorks.


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