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Google Scholar: Setting Preferences

What is Google Scholar? Using Google Scholar, how can you locate scholarly articles, link to articles through Copley Library, and find out how many times articles were cited?

Setting Up Your Preferences


Click on the Settings link through the top left dropdown menu of the Google Scholar homepage.

Search Results

The Search Results page under Settings allows you to:

  • Turn off patents.
  • Choose the number of results per page and choose where to display them.
  • Specify a bibliographer manager (citation management tool), like EndNote.

Language Settings

The Languages page under Settings allows you to limit your search results to one or more languages.

Library Links

From the Library Links page, you can tell Google Scholar that you want your results to indicate the option of checking availability for full-text access through Copley Library.

In the box for Show library access links for (choose up to five libraries):, enter University of San Diego and hit the search button beside the box.

You will see a result for University of San Diego - Get This Item at USD.

Checkmark this box and click the SAVE button below it.

If you need help with this activity, ASK A LIBRARIAN.

DO NOT PAY FOR FULL-TEXT ARTICLES!!! Even if Copley Library does not have access to a full-text article, we will help you acquire it through interlibrary loan.  Ask a Librarian if you need help with this kind of request.

Account Link

The Account link in Settings will allow you to select that you want to access library subscriptions by checking Signed-in off-campus access links.

Also, if you don't want Google Scholar to track all of your searching from every session, uncheck Signed-in search activity.