July 14th, 2010

Google Scholar and RefWorks

I know that many of you love Google Scholar, so before I even get started on the rest of this post, I want to remind you that Google Scholar should be a supplement to your research, NOT your only source for scholarly articles.

That said, if you’re trying to get some ideas of where to start your research or do a really thorough review of the literature, Google Scholar can be pretty useful, especially when you have it linked to the Capella Library.

Did you know that you can also link Google Scholar to your RefWorks account? It’s easy to do:

1. Go to Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com).
2. Click on the Scholar Preferences link in the top right corner of the page.

Google scholar preferences link location

3. Scroll all the way down to the bottom section called Bibliography Manager and choose RefWorks from the drop drown menu.

Screen shot of Google Scholar's bibliography manager options.

4. Click on the Save Preferences button on the right and you will be taken back to the search page. Now when you search, you’ll see a link to export the citation information to your RefWorks account!

Screen shot of RefWorks link in a Google Scholar result.

Note: When you use the RefWorks link in Google, you may be required to use our RefWorks group code. The code changes quarterly, so be sure to check the RefWorks page in the library to make sure that you have the most recent code.

– Kim


Comment from Ivy Downing
Time July 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

In order to see a sample of something you are not sure how to format you must purchase it.

Comment from Kim
Time August 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

Ideally, you will already have access to anything you are exporting to RefWorks, as shown in the screen shot with the export link circles, where the resource is a freely available PDF.

If you pull up a result that you think you may want to use, but it’s not freely available, please don’t pay for it! The first thing you want to do is use the library’s Journal and Book Locator to see if we have the resource in the library. (Note: You MUST use the journal title or book title to search Journal and Book Locator. It can NOT be searched by author or article title.)
If the resource you want is not available from the library, you can request it through interlibrary loan and we will get it from another library for you.

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