Google Scholar Guide

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Hello Bryant professors (and Bryant students who are getting published)! Are you on Google Scholar yet? You should be! Google Scholar lets you create a profile for yourself that will highlight your published works and make them easier to find online. Here are a few benefits to creating a profile:

  • Your profile will shows how many times each of your works has been cited by others
  • Gives you more visibility online so more users can find your articles
  • Your profile will link to all your work, and you’ll be linked to as a co-author on others’ pages, which makes it easy for users to find other articles you’ve written

To get started creating your own profile, go to this link and click “Get started with Google Scholar Citations.” Fill in your information, such as name, institution, your Bryant email address, areas of interest, and your webpage, and click next.

Google Scholar form

Next, you can select the articles you’ve written from the list Google gives you. To add an article to your profile, click “Add article.”

Google Scholar choose articles

When you’re done selecting all your articles, click Next step on the bottom left, and choose whether to let Google Scholar to automatically update your profile to correct citations or delete redundant entries, or whether you’d rather be emailed and make the changes yourself.

Google will also send you an email to verify your email address–just click the “Verify email address” link in the email they send out to do this.

Another key step is to make your profile public by clicking the Edit link next to “My profile is private” and select “My profile is open.” A public profile will allow others to view your profile, since private profiles will not show up in Google Scholar. If you’d like, upload a picture of yourself and make any other edits to your profile.

Google Scholar Make public

Once your profile is all set up, you’ll notice some information on the right of your profile. Under citations, Google will list the total number of times your works have been cited, and in the other column, how many times they’ve been cited in the last five years. There are also some Google metrics displayed, such as h-index, which measures productivity and impact, and i10-index, which shows how many of your articles have been cited 10 or more times. For more info on these, you can read a quick description by mousing over them. Your profile also links to your co-author’s Google Scholar pages, and their pages will link back to you.

Here’s an example of a profile that’s fully set up that shows the metrics and co-author sections:

Google Scholar profile

To get some more of your articles on your Google Scholar page, ask to have your works added to Bryant University’s Digital Commons, Bryant’s institutional repository. Any articles uploaded into the Digital Commons will be accessible through Google Scholar and will be linked to under your profile.

To have your work added or for help setting up a profile, send an email to Becca Pac at rpac@bryant.edu.

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How to use a business library, 50s-style!

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Here’s an interesting little bit of history, via Digital Commons – the transcript of a speech given by Bryant librarian Dorothy Keith on a 1956 WPRO radio program, describing how listeners could best use the library for business research, as well as outlining the sort of resources the Bryant College library provided.  Think of it as one of those library tour/lectures that students in the Foundations For Learning classes get every semester, but with a Back to the Future twist.

And while you can be sure that some of our policies and practices regarding such “information literacy” have changed – we’re certainly light years ahead in terms of technology now – it’s fun to see how the basics remain more or less the same.

Fun with the Website: Special Collections Page

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Ever checked out the Special Collections page over on the library’s website? Lots of cool stuff for your viewing pleasure only a mouse click away – the school’s various art collections, prior class gifts, old editions of the Archway, historical photos, the U.S. Women and Word War II Letter Writing Project, and more. There’s even a link to Bryant’s Digital Commons, our institutional repository for research and scholarship.

Lots of fun, interesting stuff to look at and pass the time if you’re tired of playing Scrabulous on Facebook, and if you’re not careful, you may learn something before it’s done. Hey, hey, hey. (Fat Albert? Anyone? And that movie from a year or two back doesn’t count!)