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“Scholarfy” your normal Google search


From Landon T. Reed

Are you started getting frustrated every time you perform a web search for academic literature in Google that doesn’t turn up the results you wanted? Here is a quick guide to use BOOKMARKLET to quickly turn a normal Google search into Google Scholar search.


BOOKMARKLET is a bookmark stored in a web browser that contains JavaScript commands to extend the browser’s functionality. (Wikipedia)

Here is the java script you need to create the bookmarklet to turn a normal Google search into Google Scholar search:

To use this,

1. Copy the above javascript (please include the “Javascript:”) and paste it into your favorite browser’s address bar;

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2. Create a new bookmark in your favorite browser with the java script in the address bar;

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3. Provide the bookmark with a name and paste the java script into the URL bar;

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4. Always show your bookmark bar! When you have accidentally performed a search for academic lit in regular Google, click the “bookmark” you just created and it will whisk you away to Google Scholar!



  1. This is a very helpful tool! I found it easier to just create a bookmark with the code as the destination URL. Chrome and other modern browsers tended to second-guess what I tried to put into the address bar.

  2. Thanks, Greg! Yes, that’s a great point. Also, people may find it useful to specify Google Scholar as a search engine in Chrome. It may even already be specified for you! Start typing “scholar” in the address bar and if “” appears, press [TAB] and voila… Scholar searching at your fingertips.

    Of course, I never remember to start typing scholar, so I rely on Scholarfy quite a bit.

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