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What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) 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.
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 scholar.google.com.
- 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.
- Under Settings, select "Library links."
- 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.
- 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 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.
Use the links for Cited by, Related articles, and versions to find more information.
For additional tips, schedule a research consultation with the library liaison working with your department or program.
Google Scholar Profiles & Metrics
Google Scholar Profiles
Scholars can set up and manage their own Google Scholar profiles to track citations.
Google Scholar Metrics
Scholar Metrics currently cover articles published between 2016 and 2020 and are based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar in June 2021.
Google Scholar's Top 100 Journals
Google Scholar produces lists of the Top 100 journals for the following areas: Business, Economics & Management; Chemical & Material Sciences; Engineering & Computer Science; Health & Medical Sciences; Humanities, Literature & Arts; Life Sciences & Earth Sciences; Physics & Mathematics; and Social Sciences. To see the list by category, look to the top left of the list and click on the button that says "Categories" to access the drop down menu.
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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