Google Scholar is already a handy tool for quickly scanning the academic research landscape. I’ve found a couple of additional features that extend its capabilities even further than the vanilla version. These features can be activated and set from the Scholar Preferences link (login required).
The Library Links setting allows you to indicate which library catalogues you wish to search for any items you find through Google Scholar. Without this, you generally need to copy pertinent information from Google Scholar over to the search interface for your preferred library. Using Library Links, you can indicate your preferred library, then Google Scholar will provide a link under each search result (such as “Find it! @ CMU,” below) that will allow you to immediately search your library catalogue for the selected item. You can select up to three libraries. Generally, you will require login access to the libraries you wish to search. More information about Library Links can be found here.
My love of Zotero has been on exhibit throughout this blog. Well, the reasons for the love just keep on coming. With Google Scholar, you can set a bibliography manager so that each search result can be imported directly into your Zotero collections with no additional steps.
Under Bibliography Manager, select the option for “Show links to import citations into.” Then select EndNote from the drop-down list.
Once you’ve set this option, each Google Scholar search result will have a link labelled “Import into EndNote” (see image above). Because Zotero understands the EndNote format, whenever you click this link Zotero will intercept the import and create a new item for you in your Zotero collections.
More information about Bibliography Manager and other Google Scholar features can be found here.
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About the authorOrest Kinasevych is a digital media and publishing technologies instructor and consultant. He currently holds a faculty position at Red River College in Winnipeg, Canada. Orest has worked as a publishing technologies consultant to clients in publishing, pharmaceutical, travel information and financial industries across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
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