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Google Tips and Tricks: Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar allows you to search for scholarly articles, patents, legal documents, theses, and more.

Using Google Scholar

In order to use Google Scholar's resources to their full potential as a UC Merced student, make sure you have first installed the VPN (click here for instructions) so you can access library resources from home. You can also connect Google Scholar to our catalog. To do this:

  • Open Google Scholar
  • Click to open the hamburger icon in the top left
  • Select "Settings"
  • Select "Library links"
  • Search for UC Merced and click to add "Get It At UC"

Once this is done, you can conduct a search to find materials you can read and request ones available through Get It At UC.

  1. Type in your search terms.
  2. Click on the dropdown menu next to the word "More" under search results.
  3. Select "Get It At UC" to check library holdings for the item.

4. If you need a citation, click on "Cite." A box like this will appear:

Copy and paste the applicable citation, or import the reference into the citation manager listed. UC Merced subscribes to RefWorks, so you can use it for free.

Use It!

Search Google Scholar to access many journal articles made available to you by the UC Merced Library.


Google Scholar Quick Links