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Economics Research Guide

Library resources and information for faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Economics

Connect to the library

Connecting Google Scholar to the Library will add "Viewit@ISU" links to your search results. Clicking these links will prompt you to sign in to the Library and then query our collection. If the Library subscribes to the item you are looking for, you should be directed to the service that will let you access it.

  • Go to
    • You can perform these steps without a Google Account but signing in will save your changes so that they work across multiple devices.
  • Click the icon showing three horizontal bars on the top left of the webpage.
  • From this menu click Settings and then click Library links.
  • In the search box on the Library links page, enter iowa state
  • You’ll see three different options. Check the box for Iowa State University – ViewIt@ISU.
  • Click Save.

Your profile (for authors)

  1. Sign into Google Scholar using your Google Account.
  2. Click My Profile at the top of the page, on the left side, to enter your profile.
  3. From this screen you can:
    • Set up your initial profile
    • Edit your profile information, including where you work, name, photo, and research interests
    • Manage your publications

You can also explore the profiles of other faculty at Iowa State University on Google Scholar.

Edit Your Profile 

  1. Starting from Google Scholar, you can access and edit your profile by clicking My Profile in the top left corner of the screen. You can also find your profile using the "hamburger" menu (the 3 lines in the top left corner).
  2. Click the pencil icon next to your photo to enter edit mode.
  3. Add a photo by clicking on the placeholder profile picture and then uploading a photo from your computer.
  4. Fill out your university affiliation and add your ISU email address (this will verify your scholar profile).
  5. Check the box to Make my profile public.
    • If you don't make your profile public then other people cannot locate you on Google Scholar.
    • Making your profile public will make it easier for people to locate, and read, your scholarship.

Managing your publications (for authors)

Add a publication

Click the + button below your photo to add articles to your profile. You can locate articles to add three different ways: 

  • Add article groups  - This option shows you groups of articles that may all be yours... or not. This method doesn't always work well but it does let you add multiple articles to your profile at once.
  • Add articles - select individual articles to add to your profile. (try changing the search to an article's title if the suggestions don't have what you are looking for).
  • Add article manually - if your work has not been indexed by Google Scholar then you can add it yourself. You can add many different types of publications in this form. Sadly the form does not let you add a link to an online copy.

Merge Duplicates

  1. Use the checkboxes to select your duplicate publications, one set at a time.
  2. The Add button changes to a Merge button on the toolbar. Click it.
  3. Choose the record with the best information (least typos). Click Merge.
  4. Repeat as needed.

Delete publications

  1. Use the checkboxes to select the publication(s) you want to delete.
  2. A Delete button will appear to the left of the Merge button on the toolbar.
  3. As soon as you click Delete the publication(s) are removed.
    • There is a one-time undo message after you delete publication(s).
  4. Repeat as needed.

Exporting data (for authors)

Google Scholar lets you download your publication data so you can easily import it into other programs. Please note that it only exports your publication info, not citation counts.

  1. Select the articles you want to export.
    • You can "select all" by checking the box next to "title" on the gray bar under your photo.
  2. Click Export and choose a file type.
    • BibTeX, EndNote, RefMan and CSV are the available file types.

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Jeffrey Kushkowski
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Business and Economics Librarian
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