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Linking The University of Western Australia Library to Google scholar

Linking The University of Western Australia Library to Google scholar

Linking the Library to Google Scholar (FindIt@UWA)

Google Scholar will most likely link you to articles requiring payment for access. UWA Library subscribes to databases on your behalf to provide free full-text access to many journal articles. You can link Google Scholar to the UWA Library so that when you’re searching Google Scholar “FindIt@UWA” links will take you to the Library’s full-text version of an article.

Set up links to FindIt@UWA – to link to full text faster

  1. Click on the Burger menutop left of the screen, then the Settings cog settings cog 
  2. Select Library Links from the left menu, then enter University of Western Australia
  3. Tick the box next to The University of Western Australia
  4. Save your changes

Can’t see a FindIt@UWA link or the link isn’t working? Do a title search in OneSearch to check whether the Library holds the article.


Set up Export to EndNote links

If using EndNote, you can make exporting from Google Scholar faster:

  1. Click on the burger menutop left of the screen, then Settings cog 
  2. Under Bibliography manager, select Show links to import citations into and choose EndNote Import citations to EndNote
  3. When you perform your next search an Import to EndNote link will appear under each item. Import into EndNote
  4. Note that you can only export one item at a time to EndNote, and check the details carefully, Google Scholar citations may be of poor quality.


Install the Mendeley plug-in – export multiple references at once

If using Mendeley, install the free Mendeley Web Importer to scrape multiple references from the page in one step.

For further information, see the Mendeley Library Guide.

What’s in Google Scholar?

Google Scholar has broad coverage of scholarly literature. It can be used to search for:

  • Journal articles
  • Theses
  • Government reports
  • Content in university repositories (including the UWA Research Repository)
  • Some grey literature

It can be particularly useful for establishing an overview of a topic, or for searching for a multidisciplinary topic. Many of these items can be difficult to source using subscription library databases.

Google Scholar vs Library databases

With such broad coverage, it can be tempting to only use Google Scholar for literature searching, especially when it can link through to the full text in databases subscribed to by UWA Library. However, it is recommended that Google Scholar is used in conjunction with Library databases. This is because:

  • The exact coverage of Google Scholar is unknown – we do not know which journals and websites it indexes, how far back they go, or which books it lists
  • Like Google, the details of the ranking algorithm are unknown
  • While citation counts are useful and can lead to other useful articles on a topic, they are inflated, counting references as ‘citations’ when they are not, e.g. a high school science report
  • There is no ability to differentiate peer-reviewed from items not peer-reviewed
  • Data is often incorrect or missing
  • Most importantly, the lack of control over your search. Unlike other databases, there is no ability to combine searches, use subject headings and proximity searching (finding words close together) and only limited ability to sort and refine search results.
Linking The University of Western Australia Library to Google scholar

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