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Google Scholar: Next Steps

Next Steps

What does linking to the Library do?

Linking to Jenks Library allows you to have access to as many resources as possible provided by Jenks. Google Scholar often will include results that are restricted behind a paywall. This allows you to access resources you wouldn't be able to access without linking to the library.


How do I link Jenks Library to Google Scholar?

Follow the steps found below to link to Jenks Library. 

1.  Click on the three lines in the upper left corner. Then click on “Settings”.

The homepage of Google Scholar is shown with a red circle around the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner and a red circle around the "Settings" option.

2. Then click on “Library links” in the left column.

The Google Scholar "Settings" page with a red circle drawn around the "Library links" option on the left side of the screen.

3.  Search for "Gordon College" or "Jenks Library" and select "Jenks Library at Gordon College - Access at Jenks Library." Then click "Save."

Image of Google Scholar webpage showing search page for "Gordon College" and correct box to check "Jenks Library at Gordon College - Access at Jenks Library"

4. Now, when you search in the Google Scholar search box, any resources that can be accessed through Jenks Library resources will appear. See below for example (found by searching "women in ancient greece").


LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is an extension that instantly provides links to full-text resources through Jenks Library or, alternatively, other open access resources. It uses the fastest path to help you access the resources you want. This extension works with Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and more. To download LibKey Nomad, follow the steps below. 


From the Google Chrome app store or from the LibKey site

1. Once you have navigated to the app store, click the "Add to Chrome" button. A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm the addition of the extension.

(Note: From the LibKey homepage, scroll down and choose which browser you are using. It will automatically send you to that browser's app store.)

LibKey Nomad extension on Google Chrome with "Add to Chrome" button

3. The below LibKey Nomad screen will appear. Type in "Gordon College" or "Jenks Library" to link to Jenks Library. Once you have linked to the library, you are set to search!

LibKey Nomad landing site with Jenks Library linked as a library


4. As the green box above states, look for the Nomad button (Download PDF button) to access full-text resources. This will usually appear underneath the article on the academic search page or in the left-hand corner on a publisher's page (ie. a specific journal's article page).

Can I save resources through Google Scholar to look at later?

Yes. Through the "My library" option, you can save all your resources in one place. It even lets you organize your resources by topic to make them easier to find. 

How do I create "My library"?

Just make sure that you are signed in with a Google account to make sure that articles will save to your account. Don't have a Google account? That's okay, you can visit the Google Account Help page to learn how to create an account.

How do I save resources to "My library"?

Each resource has a star icon underneath it, click it, and then choose "My library". 

How do I access my saved resources?

You can access your library from the Homepage, located in the upper left corner, or on a results page, located in the upper right corner. 

Google Scholar Homepage with the "My library" option circled in red.

The top of a Google Scholar results page with the "My library" option circled in red.

Can Google Scholar help me create citations?

Yes. Google Scholar has a quotations icon under each resource, shown below, that will open a window that includes standard citation styles like APA, MLA, and Chicago.

Example of citation options on Google Scholar

I'm working on a long-term research project. Can I set up alerts to let me know when new articles are published on my topic of choice?

Yes. By creating a specific search, you are able to create alerts to notify you when new articles are published that fit that search. Alerts are typically sent a couple times a week. You can use any email account to receive alerts. 

How do I set up alerts? 

To set up alerts follow the steps below.

1. Make sure that you have refined your search so it brings back results that you like. 

2. Once you have a search string you like, click on "Create alert" on the left side of the screen. 

Results page showing location of "Create alert" link

3. Input the email that you would like to use. This can be your personal Gmail account or your Gordon account or any other email account you want to use. Then click "Create Alert".

Example screen for setting alerts on Google Scholar

4. When new articles are published, they will be sent to your email. You can adjust your query at anytime. 

How do I add an extension to my browser for easy access to Google Scholar?

1. To add an extension to your web browser, go to your browser's app site. (Note: Safari does not have a Google Scholar extension.)

2. Click "add" or "download" and you should be all set to go.