Thursday, 6 November 2014

A quick way to search Google Scholar

I have just discovered a rather nice wee shortcut for searching Google Scholar.  You can set it up in the Chrome browser by going to the 'Settings' option from the menu button in the top right of the toobar:



In the settings menu, scroll down to the 'Search' options, and click on the 'Manage search engines' button:



A list of search engines will now appear.  If you scroll all the way down to the bottom you will find a space where you can add a custom search engine:


Here you can enter Google Scholar as an alternative search engine.  Just add the names as follows, and for the URL add this string:

http://scholar.google.ch/scholar?hl=en&q=%s

Your boxes should now look like this:


Click on 'save' and exit the settings screen.  Now, when you go to your address bar at the top of the browser, you simply have to type 'scholar' to activate Google Scholar as the search engine:



You will see the message on the right saying to press 'tab' to search Google Scholar, but I find that simply pressing space after the word 'scholar' will bring up the 'Search Google Scholar' blue box:


Now, anything I type will be searched exclusively in Google Scholar:


Neat.