Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Universiteitsbibliotheek – LibGuides

Google Scholar (EN): General information

Introduction to Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a general search engine, containing scholarly articles. It has a large coverage and is very user-friendly. In this LibGuide you will find information about the use of Google Scholar for Utrecht University students.

>> Search Google Scholar (with UBU-link)

Are you a researcher? Check out the information especially for Utrecht University researchers

What will you find in Google Scholar?

Your search results may contain:

  • references to articles
  • references to preprints and working papers
  • references to books (selection from Google Books)
  • rudimentary references ('CITATIONS') to cited articles or books
  • references to patents and legal documents 

Google Scholar & UBU-link

Use Google Scholar with UBU-link. The UBU-link is a quick way to the full text.

No UBU-link next to the articles?

  1. Go (back) to the homepage of Google Scholar
  2. At the top right hand corner you will see a hamburger button
  3. Click on settings
  4. Choose library links
  5. Search on Utrecht University
  6. Tick the following boxes
    1. Utrecht University Library-Fulltext @UBUlink
    2. Open WorldCat – Library Search


From Google Scholar to the full text

There are several ways to get access to the full text:

The easiest option: above the description

  • the title

If that does not help, in the right hand column:

  • Fulltext@UBUlink (the long UBUlink)
  • [PDF] or [DOC] or [HTML] link

As last option, below the description:

  • all versions link
  • UBUlink (the short UBUlink), under 'more' on the blue line with links

If Google can offer a direct [PDF], [DOC] or [HTML] link to the full text it sometimes does not show the UBU-link at all.

Find out more

Use Google Scholar

  • to find a specific article of which you know the title
  • to find articles on a general topic relatively quickly and easily
  • to also find articles from non-peer reviewed journals
  • to also search for other material like books, theses and conference proceedings