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ES 620: Healthcare Innovation and Startups: Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar provides a familiar interface and method for searching scholarly literature across a wide array of disciplines and sources. You can find articles, theses, books, abstracts and other documents that are buried in Kresge Library databases or stored in academic institutional repositories around the world.

Google Scholar is not Google.  Google Scholar is not searching the web at large, but a set of trusted resources that specifically focus on scholarly literature. Google Scholar is a good place to start to get a sense of where the scholarly literature on your topic is located. 

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar Search

Setting Up Library Links

Google Scholar allows you to set your preference so that it 'knows' you are a current member of the University of Michigan community. This will allow Google Scholar to present you with direct links to journal articles that are in the Library databases.

To set up Library Links in Google Scholar:

  1. Go to Google Scholar (
  2. Click on "Settings" in the upper right
  3. Click on "Library Links" on the left menu
  4. On the "Show library access links" page
    • Search for "University of Michigan", select the 2 options for Ann Arbor
    • Search for "Kresge Business", select the one option
    • Search for "Ann Arbor Business", select the one option
  5. Click "Save"

Note: Google Scholar saves these settings using cookies on your computer. If you regularly switch computers or do not have cookies turned on, you will need to set these everytime you use Google Scholar.