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Research Impact for Fine Arts and Music

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar searches across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Citation data can be accessed via the article information and within your Google Scholar profile.

Cited by example in Google Scholar

Things to consider: 

  • Google Scholar is a useful tracking tool for works or research outputs not usually covered extensively by other databases aimed at the science and technology community.
  • Citations from all the various kinds of resources (scholarly reviewed or not) are included. 
  • There are likely duplicate entries for the same article so a manual de-duplication process may need to be undertaken.
  • Creating a Google Scholar profile is a helpful way to streamline your data collection, and will provide you with a Google Scholar h-index.



Finding the citation count in Google Scholar

  1. Go to Google Scholar.
  2. Type the full name of the author.
  3. If a profile exists for the author, it will appear at the top of the results list.
  4. Click on the link to view the profile, list of publications and citation counts.


To obtain citation counts for individual publications: perform a title search.

How to create your Google Scholar Citations Author Profile

You can sign up for a Google Scholar Citations profile:

  1. Sign in to your Google account, or create one if you do not have one.
  2. Go to Google Scholar and click on the My Citations link.
  3. Follow the prompts to set up your profile and add your publications.
  4. Review and complete your profile: for example, upload a photo and double check the list of articles.
  5. Ensure you make your profile public if you want other people to be able to view it.
  6. Visit your email inbox and click on the verification link.

For more detailed instructions see: