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Google Scholar: How To...

This guide provides information on the pros/cons of using Google Scholar in the academic setting to supplement library resources. Provided are screenshots for setting up Google Scholar to Gumberg Library, using the advanced search, and additional FAQs.

Set Google Scholar Preferences

How to set preferences in Google Scholar:

To link directly from Google Scholar to Gumberg Library's resources, you must first set your preferences. Set your preferences with the following steps.

Go to Google Scholar and click the Hamburger icon.

Click the Settings icon.

Select Library links on the Scholar Preferences page.

Search for "Duquesne" and other libraries in the Find Library search box.

Select Duquesne University FullTextFinder@Duquesne, WorldCat, ProQuest, and any other institutions you are affiliated with.

If you see other Duquesne University links, do not select them.

Save your preferences.

Perform Basic vs. Advanced Searching

Basic Search

You can perform a basic Google Scholar search on the Gumberg Library home page. Simply click the tab Google Scholar at the center of the page above the search box, enter your terms and search. On the library home page, there are also two links underneath the Google Scholar search box - one will take you straight to the Google Scholar website, and the other will take you to the settings page so you may setup your Google Scholar with Duquesne University's Library resources (see directions above).







Start off with several key terms, using quotation marks to group words and phrases together, along with Boolean searching (using AND OR NOT between search terms). 

On the results page, you will see three essential columns:

The left column shows several search refinements for the basic search, including document type (Articles or Legal documents), date range, and sort by relevance or date. The center column contains the search results, which are in default order by relevance. Search results usually contain a linked title of the article, the basic citation information beneath, followed by a brief abstract from the text. The right column will help distinguish which articles are available through Duquesne's website, or available as PDFs through another institution.

Advanced Search

To do an advanced search in Google Scholar, click the Hamburger icon:

Click Advanced Search:


When the Advanced Search Box opens, you can enter search terms, exact phrases, search through specific authors/publications, and create a custom date range:

Find Full-Text in Google Scholar

Find Full-Text in Google Scholar

After finding a resource, click the Full Text Finder @ Duquesne link on the far right to access Gumberg Library's resources. 

When the Full Text Finder window opens, it presents options to get full text. Try clicking Check for full text at the publisher's site or View this text at [database name] first.


If you cannot find electronic full text, click ILL. Full Text Finder will redirect you to the ILLiad Logon. You will need to login using your Duquesne University MultiPass credentials.






After you login, the information for the article is automatically filled in; all you have to do is scroll down and submit your request.

If the Find It @ Duquesne does not appear on the right, try these options:

Click on a link if it appears on the far right. The link usually contains the resource in HTML or PDF formats.




Click on the title of the document. If the resource asks for a payment, do not purchase the article or book.





Another option is searching QuickSearch with the citation information. If you still cannot find full text, please contact a librarian.