Using Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar effectively with tips on searching, alerts, exporting references, and more.

Find full text articles

Adding Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington in Google Scholar’s settings will ensure full text articles will be available to you from off-campus.

  1. Go to Google Scholar at
  2. Click the icon with three lines to open the Google Scholar menu
Screenshot of Google Scholar home page indicating menu icon
  1. Choose Settings, then Library link
  2. Enter "te herenga waka" in the search box (or something similar)
  3. Select "Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington - Check @ Wellington"
  4. Click Save
Image shows Google Scholar settings. Library Links has been selected and Te Herenga Waka has been searched.

This will add a ‘Check @ Wellington’ link to the right of an article in your search results. Clicking on this will bring up the full text.

If there is no link, try clicking on the article title to see if it is freely available or search for the article in Te Waharoa.

Screenshot of a reference in Google Scholar indicating the Check @ Wellington link.

Getting better results

Use "phrase searching", AND, OR to make your search more precise.

For example:

China AND ("climate change" OR "global warming")

Find recent papers

Your search results are normally sorted by relevance, not by date. To find newer articles, try the following options in the left sidebar:

  • “Since Year” to show only recently published papers, sorted by relevance
  • “Sort by date” to show the new content, sorted by date
  • use the envelope icon to create an email alert for new content.
Options for sorting results

Find the research that has come after

Click "Cited by" on a result you like. This will show you a list of articles that included that article in their reference list.

Find the research that has come after


To find an example of how to reference the result, click on the quotations icon. This will bring up an example, you will need to double-check this is accurate before submitting your assignment.