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Google Scholar: Helpful Tools

Helpful Tools

Google Scholar has variety of helpful tools to make your research easier and help you find what you're looking for. See below for information on using Advanced Search, finding Related Articles, saving to My Library, using Endnote with Google Scholar, and viewing Citation Metrics.

Advanced Search

Click on the down arrow in the Google Scholar search bar to reveal Advanced Search options.


You can search using exact words or phrases, title words, and more. You can also search for a particular author, journal, or date.

Related Articles

While searching, you might find an article that is exactly what you're looking for. Click Related Articles beneath that article.


You'll be taken to a new list of results made up of books and journal articles closely related to the original article you found.

My Library

You can organize articles you're interested in by clicking Save under the article to add it to your library. To access your Library of saved articles, click on My Library on the left-hand side of the screen.


In your Library, you can search separately within the articles you've saved. You can also tag and organize articles using Manage labels on the left-hand side of the screen.


To import citations from Google Scholar into your Endnote library, go to and click on Settings at the top of the page.


At the bottom of the Settings page, click the bubble next to Show links to import citations into and select Endnote in the drop-down. Click Save.


When you search now, you'll see the option to Import into Endnote below each results. Click this to download the citation and open it in Endnote.

Citation Metrics

Google Scholar ranks results by relevancy as well as quality, which it determines with citation metrics. If you want to see how often a source has been cited and where it has been cited, you can click on either Cited by or Web of Science, though Web of Science is considered more accurate.


Click on the Web of Science link to view all of the other articles that have cited the article you found. For more information on citation metrics and Web of Science, check out the Web of Science library guide at:

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