Google Scholar

Using Google Scholar to Find Articles at NU

Google Scholar is a search tool for scholarly literature. Google Scholar can be used to search for some of the articles available in journals that Northwest University subscribes to.

If you use Google Scholar while on the Northwest University campus, you will automatically see “Find at Northwest U” links next to article citations. This means that you have access to those articles in full-text from the NU Library.

To use this feature while off-campus, add Northwest University to your Google Scholar settings.

  1. Go to Google Scholar.
  2. Click on Settings at the top of the page.
  3. Click on Library links on the left side of the page.
  4. Search for Northwest University using the search box.
  5. Select Northwest University – Find at Northwest U.
  6. Click the Save button.

Google Scholar does not always know if a particular article is available through NU. If you do not see a “Find at Northwest U” link next to an article you want, you can double-check by searching the library website.

Go to the library homepage and click on the Journal Title List link in the Research section. Search for the title of the journal that the article was published in, then check to see if the date range for our full-text access include the article you are looking for. For more detailed instructions, use the Finding a Specific Article tutorial.

Using Google Scholar to Find Freely Available Articles

Google Scholar can also be used to check if an article not in the NU Library collection is freely available online, such as in an institutional repository or open access journal site.

If there is an article you are looking for that NU does not own, search Google Scholar using the citation information. Links to full-text will appear to the right of the search result.

If the article you are looking for is not available through the NU Library or freely available online, you can submit an interlibrary loan (ILL) request and we will try to find the article for you from another library.

Using Google Scholar for Citation Analysis

Google Scholar can be a useful tool to find out the number of times an article has been cited by others.

To do this, search for an article in Google Scholar, then look for the “Cited by…” link underneath the article result. Click the link to see what other sources have cited the article.

Google Scholar - Cited By

This information can give you a sense of how much impact a certain article has had on the field of research, as well as lead you to other relevant sources.