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This guide provides an overview of sociology resources and materials available through NYU Libraries.

What is google scholar? How should I use it?

Google Scholar is a time-saving, scholarly search interface accessible from within the Google interface. With Google Scholar, you can access peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book sections.  For literature searching, specialized databases have more functionality and access more comprehensive results, but Google Scholar is a good tool to use for a search for a known item.

You can configure Google Scholar to:

  • Display a link to NYU options for the full-text of an article
  • Export your citations to RefWorks or EndNote

Here's how to display NYU links:

  1. Open
  2. Go to the left screen, 3 bars, "Settings" 
  3. Click on menu item, "Library Links"
  4. Type in: NYU
  5. From the results, put a check mark next to "New York University Libraries-GetIt at NYU"
  6. Click on Save to save preferences.

The next time you search, the GetIt at NYU option will be available next to accessible article citations.

Here's how to change settings for Bibliography manager:

  1. Open
  2. Go to the left screen, 3 bars, "Settings" 
  3. In the Search Results, go to Bibliography Manager
  4. Select Show Links  to import citation into: (your choice of bibliography manager, BibTex, Refworks, Endnote, etc.)
  5. Click on Save to save preferences.

Setting Google Scholar Preferences

Now you can link into NYU Libraries' full-text subscriptions via Google Scholar!  

  1. Go to, click on the 3 horizontal bars in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, and then click on Settings, represented by the gear icon that appears. 

Screen capture of Google Scholar interface with the menu and setting bar circled in red with arrows pointing to each feature.

  1. Click on "Library links" in the left-hand menu. 

Screen capture of Google Scholar settings with the "Library Links" button circled.

  1. Search for NYU and select only "New York University Libraries - GetIt@NYU".

Google Scholar screenshot of the settings with "New York University Libraries - GetIt@NYU" circled.

  1. Hit Save and conduct a search in Scholar.  Click the GetIt@NYU link attached to each search result, which contains full-text links to Bobst Library's subscriptions.  If you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in with your NetID and password before being granted access to the full text.

Screen capture of Google Scholar search results with "GetIt@NYU" buttons circled. 

  1. For additional Google Scholar search tips, check out our Advanced Google Searching guide.