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Get library full-text in Google Scholar

By Cindy Schmidt

A couple of simple steps can add UNMC-licensed-full-text links and RefWorks-export links to your Google Scholar search results.

When you search Google Scholar start by changing the “Settings”.  The “Settings” icon is usually a cogwheel.


Scroll to the bottom of the “Setting” page to find the “Bibliography Manager” section.  Select “Show links to import citations into” option and select “RefWorks” from the drop-down menu.


Next, click on the “Library links” option in the left-hand column.


On the “Library links” page, search for – UNMC – (#1 in figure below) and select the “University of Nebraska medical Center – “GetIt!@UNMC” option that appears (#2 in figure).

Finally, click the “Save” button (#3 in figure)



Run your Google Scholar search.  Each result will now include an “Import into RefWorks” link (green arrow in figure below) that will open a RefWorks import, and those articles available through our library’s license will be indicated by a  “GetIt!@UNMC” link.


Get better RefWorks records from Google Scholar

By Cindy Schmidt

If you’ve ever imported a Google Scholar “hit”/record into RefWorks, you know that the results can be disappointing.  If you’re lucky, the authors names, article and journal titles, and page numbers will be formatted correctly.  The abstract, DOI, PMID and other useful (sometimes essential) information are rarely included.

If you’re willing to do just a little extra work (2 more clicks and a bit of scrolling), you can usually obtain a beautiful PubMed-quality, RefWorks record from Google Scholar.  Here’s how it’s done:

1.  To do any type of export from Google Scholar to Refworks, you must first visit the Google Scholar “Settings” page (cogwheel on Scholar homepage).

2.  Scroll down to the “Bibliography manager” section near the bottom of the page.  Change the default “BibTeX” selection to “RefWorks” and click “Save.”


3.  Now we come to the extra steps that you’ll need to take if you want a beautiful RefWorks record.  Instead of clicking on the “Import into RefWorks” link under the “hit” of interest, click on the “All __ versions” link.  This is your first extra click.


4.  Now look for a record from (#1 in figure below). When you find a “hit”/version obtained from, look to the right. Is there a “Full Version” link or “” link on the right? If so, the record you’ve located is a PMC record not a PubMed record. Keep looking for another “hit”. The PubMed record from will often be among the last versions listed in Google Scholar.


5.  When you find the needed version, click on its “Import into RefWorks” link (arrow 2 in the figure above).

6.  If you’re not already logged into your RefWorks account, you will be asked to login.

7.  The beautiful record will appear in your RefWorks account.

8.  When you return to you Google Scholar results, you will have to use your browser’s “back” button to leave the “versions” list and return to your search results page.  This is the second extra click.