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Using Google Scholar




What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar is a search tool that indexes the content of scholarly material published on the internet including electronic books and journals.


Does it cover everything?

No, Google Scholar has arranged with some publishers to allow Google to index the content of that publisher's books and journals.


The vast majority of scholarly literature is still only available through the various databases, e-books and e-journals which your Library purchases. Use Edinburgh Napier's LibrarySearch service to perform a comprehensive literature search for your study or research.  

Using Google Scholar on campus

If you are on campus and opt to locate references using Google Scholar, you can see whether Edinburgh Napier has access to an item by using the View It link beside the reference. 

No View It link beside the Google Scholar reference indicates that the library does not have immediate access to the item. Check LibrarySearch. If the item is not available, see our Other Libraries section or contact an Edinburgh Napier Library service desk if you wish to obtain it on inter library loan.

Using Google Scholar off campus

Authenticated link: http://scholar.google.co.uk
Clicking through the link above and logging in with your University login will automatically set your preferences and give you access to databases.

Otherwise, if you go straight to Google Scholar, the SFX links will not initially be visible. 

Alternatively you can set your own preferences by following the steps below.
1. Click on the Settings link on the Google Scholar home page -  

Image of Google Scholar


2. Select Library Links, search for and choose Edinburgh Napier University, then click Save.  

Image of Google Scholar Library links   

SFX links will now be visible in your Scholar search results.

If you want to keep the same search settings on any computer or mobile device, you also have the option of signing in to a Google account. See Google help.