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What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly and peer reviewed literature. From one search box, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites

As of March 2015, Wikipedia reported that approximately 160 million documents were indexed by Google Scholar. Coverage of topics in Google Scholar varies from discipline to discipline as many journal publishers do not allow Google to index their articles; in many cases searching subject specific databases will result in a better choice of articles.

If you are searching with Google Scholar on-campus you will automatically be given access to articles for which Ryerson has a subscription.  If you are using Google Scholar off-campus, you will need to configure Google Scholar to get access to those articles.

Configuing Google Scholar for Off-Campus Use

For Google Scholar to know that you are affiliated with Ryerson (and that you should have access to Ryerson resources), you will need to configure your Google Scholar Preferences as follows:

  1. Go to scholar.google.ca and click on the Three bar (hamburger) menu (upper left) 
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Choose Library Links from the left-hand menu
  4. Enter Ryerson in the search box
  5. Click in the box beside Ryerson University Get it! @ Ryerson
  6. Scroll down and click on the Save Preferences button

Once configured, you will see Get It! @ Ryerson links when you search Google Scholar and you will have access to all Ryerson's subscription resources.

Google Scholar Chrome Extension

""Chrome users can install the Google Scholar Button to make finding articles and formating citations easy.  You can use it to:

  • Find full text of articles
  • Re-do your web search on Google Scholar
  • Format references in APA, MLA or Chicago style and copy them into your paper.

To take full advantage of the Google Scholar Button when off-campus, remember to configure your Google Scholar settings so that it knows you are from Ryerson and provides access to Ryerson subscribed resources.