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Reference Help: Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar ( provides a free index of scholarly literature.

  • This index does not cover "everything." It only covers scholarly content on websites that Google's technology is able to "crawl" and assemble into an index. The process is explained here.
  • This index does not guarantee or provide full text access to books or articles.
  • The Google Scholar interface does not offer many options to sort results (i.e. it cannot sort by peer review status).

  Google Scholar works best when paired with an academic library system. This page explains how to configure Fordham library links to provide access to some subscription content.

Library Links for Fordham University Libraries

Use the following steps to link Fordham Libraries with Google Scholar.

  • Go to
  • Look for the menu (three horizontal lines) in the top left of your screen and click on it.
  • In the options that appear, select Settings.

Google Scholar menu with settings highlighted

  • Under Settings, select "Library links."

Google Scholar Settings Options

  • Next, enter Fordham University in the box and click the magnifying glass/search icon. This should bring up Fordham options that you can select. Press Save.

Snapshot of page showing how to search for library links

  • Users can add up to 5 library links. Other options might include New York Public Library (if you have an NYPL card) and Open WorldCat. 
  • Going forward, you should see links to some subscription content from Fordham in your results.

Google Scholar result showing a link to Full Text at Fordham


Warning  Google Scholar should not be the only tool you rely on when researching for content available at Fordham University Libraries.


  Please use additional tools including OneSearch, the library catalog, subject-specific databases, and tips on our Research Guides for best results. Ask a Librarian for help developing a search strategy or request a 1 on 1 research consultation with the library liaison working with your department or program.

Google Scholar Search Tips

Find the Advanced Search options through the menu in the top left corner.

Find advanced search options through the menu

Use the links for Cited by, Related articles, and versions to find more information.

screenshot highlighting links for cited by, related articles, and versions

For additional tips, schedule a research consultation with the library liaison working with your department or program.

Google Scholar Profiles & Metrics

Google Books

Google Books is the index of full text books and magazines scanned by Google.

  • This index does not always provide a preview or the full text of an item.
  • Items in the index come from Google's Partner Program for publishers, the Library Project, and selected magazine publishers.

To access print books and e-books that Fordham owns, search the library catalog.

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