Google Scholar Button
Lookup scholarly articles as you browse the web.
What is Google Scholar Button?
'Google Scholar Button' is a Firefox extension designed for easy scholarly searches. It provides a browser button for quick access to Google Scholar, allowing users to find full text articles on the web or through university libraries. It also enables efficient query transfer from web search to Scholar and aids in formatting references in widely accepted citation styles. Additional features include saving articles to Scholar library for future reading or citation, and setting up the preferred collection in US case law via the Google Scholar Settings.
This extension adds a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page. Click the Scholar button to:
Find full text on the web or in your university library. Select the title of the paper on the page you're reading, and click the Scholar button to find it.
Transfer your query from web search to Scholar. Press the Scholar button to see top three results; click "full screen" in the lower left of the popup to see them all.
Format references in widely used citation styles. Press the quote button under the result to see a formatted reference and copy it into the paper you're writing.
Save the article to your Scholar library, so you can read it or cite it later. Press the blue star under the result to save it, or the gray star at the bottom to see all saved articles.
Library links work best when you're on campus. To configure them for off-campus use, visit Google Scholar Settings (you may need to login with your library password or to set up your browser to use a library proxy; please visit your library's website or ask a local librarian for assistance).
To search the US case law, click the gear icon at the bottom of the popup, and configure your preferred collection in Google Scholar Settings.
User reviews summary
- Works great
- Convenient for students
- Fabulous when button is found and used
- Button not easily locatable on Mac Firefox
- Not open source
- Lacks shortcut functionality
- Button doesn't show up, rendering the addon unusable
- Issues with button visibility and usability across different platforms
- Requests for improved accessibility (such as search bar selection and keyboard shortcuts)
- Concerns over the add-on not being open source
Google Scholar Button is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Google Scholar Button if you trust the publisher.
Google Scholar Button has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.