Google Scholar Button

In Firefox it’s called an Add-on and in Chrome it’s called an Extension. You may have already been asked to add it to your toolbar, if you haven’t done so, add it now. It’s also a good idea to sign-in to your browser, and any databases you plan on using.

The Google Scholar Button icon looks like a tiny student with a blue mortar board hat.

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You can activate the Google Scholar Button by clicking it during a general web search or as a stand-alone search engine.

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In the example above we’re using the Google Scholar Button as a stand-alone search engine.

  1. Write your topic (educational leadership).
  2. Click the blue magnifying glass. A list of three results are returned.
  3. Look for Full-text @ Bank Street link (alternatives are BANK STREET COLLEGE OF EDUCATION – ProQuest Fulltext) clicking these links will lead you to the full-text article in our databases. The green links seem to lead to free, full-text items.
  4. Clicking the gray speech marks opens up a citation pop-up. Remember we are APA 6th.
  5. Clicking the four arrows leads you to a treasure trove of articles. On the full-screen page you will have options to limit results, e.g., to a more current time frame.
  6. The cog links back to Google Scholar setting – where you can check your library links, search language etc.

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Please note that Google Scholar does a pretty job at citations but it’s not perfect, so you will need to check. In the example above (see red box) the title of the article should be in sentence case, e.g., Principal leadership and student achievement. The title of the journal should be title case, that is both Educational Leadership need to start with a capital.

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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