Physics and Astronomy
Best Ways to Use Google Scholar
HOW TO USE GOOGLE SCHOLAR
1. Use FINDIT links.
FINDIT shows you *all* of the ways to get our full text, not just what Google wants to show you.
On the library home page, choose ARTICLES --> Google Scholar:
If you start from the library home page, you will always see the little arrows.
- Click the little arrows UNDER the citation, and FINDIT@JHU will appear:
2. Fix Scholar so that you always see those FINDIT links.
- On your laptops and other devices, go to Scholar --> Settings (upper left corner) --> Library Links -->
enter just "johns hopkins" --> click everything that comes up:
3. Save your time.
In most databases including Scholar, it's best to use Advanced Search, to focus your search and save time:
- UN-check "patents" (unless you want them) and "citations" (these are usually ephemeral things that you won't be able to find)
- Always choose a date range
4. Easy export into a citation manager
- Find an article or other item in any database
- Copy its title
- Paste the title into Google Scholar and find that citation
- Under that citation, click the quotation marks
- Click "RefWorks" (which is at the bottom):
OR, if you ALWAYS use RefWorks, just configure Scholar so that it always sends your citations to RefWorks: at the top left in Scholar, choose Settings, and RefWorks:
In your Google Scholar list of article results, you may also see books.
- If you click on the title, you will be taken to Google Books
- However, copyright law prevents them from showing you the whole book
- Search the library catalog for the book you want -- if we have it, you can see 100% of it
- If we do not have a book in any format, you can request it through BorrowDirect or Interlibrary Loan:
Library home page --> Get Materials