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Best Ways to Use Google Scholar

To see ALL of the ways that you can see an article, use the link for FINDIT@JHU.

1. Make sure that you can see the FINDIT links :

  • On a Hopkins computer, Google Scholar and other databases automatically show you FIND IT@JHU  links.
  • But on a non-Hopkins device (like your laptop), do at least ONE of these things:

    1. Log in through the JHU portal (, OR

    2. Go to the library home page, choose "Articles and Databases," and use the "Google Scholar" tab, OR

    3. Configure Scholar so that you can always see the FIND IT links:
    --- in the upper left corner, choose Settings --> library links --> enter just "johns hopkins" --> click all that come up


2. Paste in the TITLE of the article you want. then click FIND IT

  • The FINDIT link may show on the right. If it does not show, click on the arrow BELOW the citation:





3. In all databases including Google Scholar, it's usually best to use "Advanced Search" :
  • This will let you focus your search to get better results, as well as save you a lot of time


4. To help narrow your search:

  • UN-check "patents" (unless you want those) and "citations" (these are usually ephemeral things that you won't be able to find)
  • Always choose a date range


Easy export into a citation manager

  1. Find an article or other item, anywhere
  2. Copy its title
  3. Paste the title into Google Scholar, and find the correct citation
  4. Under that citation, click the quotation marks

5. 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:  go to the menu (the 3 lines) at the top left of Scholar, choose Settings, and RefWorks: