Skip to main content

Google Scholar Tips: Getting Started

This is a guide on how to use Google Scholar effectively and search multiple library e-resources at once.

Setting Google Scholar Preferences

Google Scholar is a great resource for finding scholarly sources online. Google Scholar allows you to link into USC Libraries subscription database content so you can search for and access content without having to go directly to the libraries' website. There are 2 ways to do this: 

1) Use the Google Scholar link on the USC Libraries homepage, which will authenticate you as being affiliated with USC: 

2) Set up your Google Scholar preferences so that your browser will connect you to our Find It @ USC links

Follow these steps to add USC to your Google Scholar preferences:

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Settings" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen:
  3. Then click "Library links" on the left side of the screen:
  4. In the search box provided type "university of southern califorina" and click search. A list of results will be returned. Check the box labeled, "University of Southern California - FIND IT @ USC". Then click Save. You must save these preferences in order to see links back to USC Libraries in your search results. 
  5. After saving your changes, you will be returned to the Google Scholar search box. Type your search terms. A list of articles, including those available at USC libraries, will be returned. Click the "FIND IT @ USC" link that appears next to the title of the article to see if we have access to this content.
  6. If we have access to the article you will be prompted to log-in with your USC NetID. Once you log-in you will be taken to the article. If we do not own the article you will be taken to the Find It @ USC page where you can request an Interlibrary Loan.