Brush Up on Google Scholar!

by Jessica Gentile, Social Media Intern

Google Scholar is a great tool that can help you discover abstracts, full-text articles, and other database content through a simple search interface. The resource provides a search of scholarly literature across a diverse array of subject areas and sources. Here’s a reminder on how to most effectively utilize Google Scholar both on-campus and remotely.

You can access the full-text journal and database content provided by Columbia University Libraries directly from Google Scholar. Just type the title of a journal article into Google Scholar and then link directly to Columbia’s full-text via "e-Link@Columbia."  



If you’re on campus and you search Google Scholar, you will automatically see the "e-link @ Columbia" when the content is available from the Libraries. If you’re off campus, there are a few ways to access Columbia Libraries’ content through Google Scholar.

  1. Use the Columbia view of Google Scholar to search, and click on "e-Link@Columbia"  to connect to the full text or articles provided by the Libraries, search CLIO, or request the item through Interlibrary Loan. (You can bookmark this link to connect to Columbia’s Google Scholar from any location.)
  2. Download the Columbia Google Scholar search plugin  from the Tools & Widgets page, and search Google Scholar from your browser’s tool bar.


  3. If you forget the link and you’re off campus, you can connect to the Columbia view of Google Scholar by starting your search at the databases page. Search for "Google Scholar" in the Find Databases search box, and connect!