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Using Google Scholar for Research – NYU Libraries

Using Google Scholar for Research – NYU Libraries – Google Scholar searches for scholarly literature in a simple, familiar way. You can search across many disciplines and sources at once to find articles, books, theses, court opinions, and content from academic publishers, professional societies, some academic web sites, and more. See the Google Scholar inclusion guidelines for more about what’s in Google Scholar.

Advanced Search Tips

For more precise searching, use Google’s Advanced Scholar Search Page, or try these tips:

Find content by an author:

  • Add the author’s name to the search, or
  • Use the “author:” operator (eg. aphasia author:jones finds articles about aphasia written by people named Jones)

Search for a phrase:

Search by words in the title:

  • Use the “intitle:” operator (eg. intitle:fellini finds articles with Fellini in the title]

Setting “Library Links” preferences in Google Scholar

1. Go to scholar.google.com, and click on the menu button (3 horizontal bars) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Screenshot of Google Scholar search interface showing location of menu button.

2. In the menu that appears, click “Settings”

Screenshot of Google Scholar menu showing location of Settings link.

3. Click “Library links” in the left-hand menu.

Screenshot of Google Scholar Settings showing location of Library Links link.

4. Search for NYU, and select only “New York University Libraries – GetIt@NYU” then click “Save”.

Screenshot of Library Links search box showing a search for NYU, and only the box next to "New York University Libraries Getit@NYU" is checked.

5. Conduct a new search in Google Scholar. Click the “GetIt@NYU” link next to each search result to get NYU Libraries-subscribed access to the article. If you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in with your NetID and password before being granted access to the full-text.

Screenshot of Google Scholar search results page showing that Getit@NYU links now appear next to each result.

6. If you encounter a search result without a “GetIt@NYU” link next to it, try clicking on the “double arrow” button below it, and the link should appear.


Screenshot of a single Google Scholar search result showing location of double-arrow button.


Screenshot of same Google Scholar result showing that GetIt@NYU link appears after clicking double-arrow button.

Using Google Scholar for Research – NYU Libraries


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