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Google Scholar

Use this guide to learn about maximizing Google Scholar for your research.

My Library

The My Library feature in Google Scholar allows you to save articles directly from the search results page, organize them by topic, and search the full-text from within your library. The citation information is editable, and you can easily export the citations to a citation manager like EndNote or Mendeley. If you use Google Scholar often, the My Library feature is a great way to keep track of important research and access it any time you're online.

To get started, sign in to Google Scholar

  • Select the My Library button from the top of the screen.
  • Select Enable Library.

Perform your search. When you find an article you like, select the Save button below the citation. It will automatically add it to your library.

Organize your library by using Labels.

  • Once you have some articles saved, select the My Library button to view your library
  • Select the Manage Labels button to add labels for different topics, classes, groups, etc.
  • To add an article to a label, click the article title, then select the desire label from the Labels drop-down menu.
  • You can add multiple labels to any citation.

Search Your Library

When you're in the My Library view in Google Scholar, you can search the full-text of articles within your library.

  • Enter search terms into the search bar at the top of the screen.
  • If you want to search all of Google Scholar instead of just your library, select Articles from the list on the left-hand side of the screen.
  • You can toggle back and forth between the two.

GS Settings

In addition to setting up your library, there are a few other personalizations you can make to Google Scholar.

Start by selecting the Settings button from the top of the GS screen.

  • You can customize how your search results appear.
  • If you use a specific citation management program like EndNote or RefWorks, you can select it here. You'll see an "Import to EndNote/etc" button under the citations in your results list instead of a generic "Cite" button.
  • Select your language preferences. Choose to have Google text display in a language other than English, or choose to only show results from webpages written in other languages originally.
  • Set your Library Links so Google knows you're affiliated with Pitt.

Help and Tips

More information about My Library can be found here: