Getting Better Results with Google Scholar

Use these tips to make Google Scholar work better!

CSES, HORT, AECT, PLPA, HESC Agriculture Librarian

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Necia Parker Gibson
Mullins Library 220N

Email is the best way to contact me. Click the Email me button or use

I've set my office phone to forward to my cell phone. It seems to work okay. If not, send email.

I'm working from home starting 3/16/2020 until further notice. Email or use the text number below. If you want me, particularly, ask for me.

Text a librarian: 479-385-0803

For students, faculty, and staff I will:
Answer your questions via email, phone or Teams or Zoom or Facetime (by appointment).
Recommend databases for your topic.
Meet individually to work out your topic or discuss research strategies.

For faculty, I will:
Provide in-person library instruction tailored to your class, or tailored research guides for your class, with some lead time.

Meet with your students individually or in small groups.
Track down tricky citations. Purchase books and other materials, as funds allow.

I do consultations via email, Skype or Facetime (as well as face to face, when we can again).
Email me for an appointment.

Using Google Scholar to Build Metrics

To use Google Scholar to provide yourself (and others) with some measures of your publications:

  1. Sign up for a Google account (or use the one you have).
  2. See what gets drawn into your profile. You may put the references for your works into your profile, but Google Scholar may not generate metrics for them.
  3. Check the citations to your works developed by Google Scholar-- many citations are incomplete or incorrectly attributed.
  4. Remember that h-index and all the other metrics are only mechanical measures or algorithms representing one way of judging the worth of publications.
  5. If you are satisfied with your profile, make it public.
  6. Eigenfactors and impact factors belong to journals, not individual articles or authors.

Check your profile to make sure what's there is yours.

Check to be sure that what Google puts in your profile is yours. Google Scholar added the top article to this profile. There is a last name and first initial in common, but the person whose profile it is is not the author or an author of the work.  The metrics are skewed as a result (the error has since been corrected).