There’s Much More to Google Scholar Than Finding Articles

Google Scholar represents a small subset of the Google search engine.  It searches for scholarly literature and offers citations to journal articles, patents, publicly decided court transcripts, and other scholarly material.  Google scholar allows you to search across many disciplines using a very simple search interface.  It offers both simple and advanced searching. Google scholar indexes by page, not publication title, and it is updated several times a week. To date, Google Scholar makes the information freely available to all and it is not funded by the publisher.

The following search below reveals the number of citations but could be limited by using the upside down triangle (see purple arrow).


When you click on the upside down triangle , you may limit your search by author, exact phrase, keyword, article title, exclude terms, and  limit by date.




Above the Google scholar search are some useful tools. “My Citations” (requires a Google account or Gmail email account) allows you to register for a Google scholar profile. You can search for your own scholarly research and keep track of your own scholarly portfolio.  “My Library” (also requires a Google account or Gmail email account) takes you to your online space of all of your scholarly references from all your publications on Google scholar. For example, if you wrote a journal article and it was linked to your profile on “My Citations”, then you will see a list of all of your references on Google scholar.

The first citation is a recent article written by MA Polger but the others below were cited by MA Polger in the reference list. In other words, “My Library” will include both the article citations of MA Polger and all of the references used in the articles under “My Citations”.


Google scholar works best when you are on campus because you can easily link to full text content using the links to the right.


“My Alerts” is an email alerting service that sends the user “alerts” if there is updated content on Google scholar. To setup, one must have a Google account or Gmail email to setup a search.



“My Updates” provides more recent scholarly literature based on “My Citations”.  Most of “My Citations” relate to scholarly articles relating to library marketing.  “My Updates” will provide more current scholarly literature that is similar to “My Citations”. “My Updates” is like an automatic “alerting” service for the author registered on Google scholar.

“My Citations” profile should resemble the screenshot below. Authors may find their article citations through Google scholar and “link” to them or manually add the citations through the “actions” options.


If you need more assistance on how Google Scholar can further help you with your research or manage your list of scholarly publications, please do not hesitate to contact me.

-Mark Aaron Polger, Assistant Professor & First Year Experience Librarian