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How do I get articles from Google Scholar?

Google Scholar screenshot showing the location of the Settings link

Do you use Google Scholar? Make it more effective by linking it to the Library and gaining access to our subscriptions. 

Go to Google Scholar. Click on Settings, then Library Links in the left-hand column. Type in "Sonoma State University," check the box next to Sonoma State University, and save. Your search results will now include a Find It@SSU link. Click on Find It for full-text articles available from the SSU Library.


Finding the Full Text

Did you find the perfect article outside the library, and now you're trying to find it through the library's resources? Try these methods:

  1. Search for the title of the journal or the ISSN in the Library's Journal Search
    This will indicate whether the Library has access to a journal online and which years are available.
  2. Search for the title of the journal in the Library Catalog
    This will show print and some electronic holdings.
  3. Use the Find it Iconicon in a library database.
    Many of our databases contain only citations and the Find It button can link you to the full text in another source or help you locate the print when an article is not available online. It also links to our Interlibrary Loan service, which will borrow copies of articles that the library does not have access to.


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Bibliometrics, Impact Factor, and Citation Analysis

Bibliometrics:  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, bibliometrics deals "with the application of mathematical and statistical analysis to bibliography; the statistical analysis of books, articles, or other publications." 

Altmetrics (alternative metrics) are nontraditional metrics proposed as an alternative to the more traditional citation impact metrics, such as impact factor and h-index.

Impact factors can be applied to journals or to individual articles.  According to Journal Citation Reports, "The journal Impact Factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the JCR year," although other time spans can be calculated.

Citation analysis examines the frequency, patterns, and graphs of citations in articles and books, using citations in scholarly works to establish links to other works or other researchers. Identifying the number of times an article is cited by others is considered the "impact factor" for that article.

Further Reading and Tools

Open Access

Open access is the “free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment” (SPARC). Open access can be attained via two primary paths: publishing in an open access journal (Gold) or retaining author’s copyright and posting a copy of the article to an institutional repository or subject repository (Green).

Benefits of open access include:

  • Greater visibility and retrievability of research
  • Increased impact of scholarship
  • Boosts the likelihood that results will be taken up, extended, applied, and cited
  • Increased readership outside the academy, including policy-makers, journalists, non-profits, the general public, etc.