New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page

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New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page ThreesecondHero 12/2/11 6:28 AM
The new layout has no Google scholar search option on the results page, thus losing the ability to switch easily between Web search and Scholar.  That makes the kind of research I do more difficult. 

I would actually prefer a return to the more visually appealing and functional menu across the top, but at least Google should add the Scholar option to the new sidebar menu.

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page paulizio 12/2/11 7:57 AM
I second this request, and hope Google fixes this.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page diamin 12/2/11 8:12 AM
I also second this request.  I don't understand why the other options were added while Google scholar is unavailable for easy access. 

I also second the opinion that the previous menu on top of the page was preferable.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page The Rita 12/4/11 11:53 AM
I third this request.  The ability to switch back and forth between web searches and google scholar searches made doing literature reviews infinitely more useful.  It was also an extremely useful tool for my students.  It is, quite frankly, stupid and counter-productive to have to go to two different sites to do the exact same search.  Please bring the option back to the sidebar.  There is entire academic community that loves this feature and will not be happy to have to search for the product in order to use it.

I also third the opinion that the previous menu on top of the page was preferable and more visually appealing (though maybe with time I will get used to this version).
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page JAVanderburgh 12/4/11 5:51 PM
Yes - in fact, it seems that the way it used to come up with potential matches from google scholar in the main frame of results when you search normal google for something that sounds particularly academic (or at least, I would often have this happen) has been discontinued, which is disappointing.  I have found it already more difficult to get to Google Scholar when it was first removed from the immediately available options on the top menu, having to click the drop-down to get there, but not even having it as an option in the sidebar search specifications relegates it to a sub-status that doesn't take into account how incredibly useful it is for students of many levels, from high school all the way up to graduate school.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page fmlibrarian 12/5/11 6:12 PM
I would like to echo the aforementioned views.  Google Scholar is a very useful service, particularly for those researchers that do not have ready access to commercial journal databases (i.e., a large number of users out there!).  At the same time, not every academic reference is indexed in Scholar, so it's important to be able to easily jump back to web search to expand on a Scholar search. Being able to undertake seamless searches among all the various sub-indexes, and to narrow or expand one's search as needed is essential for conducting research.  Anything you can do to promote the scholarly endeavor will be greatly appreciated.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page SathishkumarD 12/6/11 7:02 AM
It is really making me crazy.Why don't they test properly and launch their new layout?.Old layout was extremely helpful and made the search options cakewalk.Still couldn't figure out the way to include scholar in the sidebar menu.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sodiumkpump 12/6/11 10:24 AM
This change is a huge step backward and frankly I am surprised and utterly disappointed in Google. How did this happen? How is it with search terms that used to bring up a list of results from google scholar because they were obviously in reference to a journal article no longer give me the option to see those results at the top? What the hell is shit??
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page rjgoif 12/8/11 11:27 AM
I don't think this is a thread for voicing any views other than the simple one described in the original title:

Regardless of what else is done to the new format, please bring back Google Scholar as one of the search options (at least under "more", where there are three empty spots for searches)
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page jzsimon 12/12/11 10:13 AM
Please bring back Google Scholar as one of the search options!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page co_reed 12/14/11 10:26 AM
I Nth this request. It's a painful inconvenience. 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page shmann36 12/15/11 1:11 PM
google please fix this it's making me nuts.  it will take you all of two seconds
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page rubigor 12/19/11 12:56 PM
There are open slots in the secondary, sub-menu that pops up when you hover over the word 'Google' which is where we can access "more options". Please just put scholar there - at least. Please!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page visualweasel 12/20/11 8:54 AM
I agree, I agree, I agree. It is exceedingly irritating that I can no longer switch easily between web, scholar, blogs, and books on the same search terms. I preferred the old style, with the horizontal options. This new style adds nothing and subtracts much. I absolutely hate it. What was the point of the change? Please go back to the old interface!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page out_there000001 12/23/11 3:47 AM
Yikes. I agree with all of these people. What a pain!!!!!!!!!!! Please bring Google Scholar back to an easily accessible menue...
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page gregh 12/25/11 7:15 PM
yep this is a big step backwards for me 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page RosieRedfield 12/26/11 8:54 AM
This change makes Scholar a secret tool, only available to those who already know it exists.  Please put it back on the menu.

I don't think the elimination of the Scholar link was just an oversight, because the Scholar alternative that used to be explicitly offered whenever a search result turned up mostly scholarly papers now isn't offered. 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page nota_bene 12/29/11 8:57 AM
Google, please return the Scholar link before next semester begins.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page allysonsaad 12/29/11 3:36 PM
Count me on on urging Google to fix this.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page jasonmtroos 12/30/11 3:31 PM
Google's mission statement (http://investor.google.com/corporate/faq.html#toc-mission):

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. 

...that is, unless the information was published in a peer-reviewed journal. Then you're three clicks deep, sucker.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page pTsOH 1/19/12 2:56 PM
Agreed. Google scholar is one of the most helpful tools in going from a hit in a scientific abstract service to the actual article. Often CAS or Beilstein cannot directly link you to an article's online pdf, but I have never been let down by simply copying the article title verbatim into google scholar.

Burying scholar deep in the archives is immensely aggravating for lit searchers like me.  Please bring it back to the immediate search options, or at least make it customizable.

Unlike many other google search products, scholar was really unique at what it could do. Organizations pay thousands of dollars for similar services. I can't see how this is a good decision for the company.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Peterbart 1/22/12 9:46 PM
Count me as another person who misses an easy way to access google scholar

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page jjjjj 1/27/12 12:42 PM
Definitely agree. A serious omission. 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page hsrstud 1/30/12 4:52 PM
I agree.  It is very annoying for researchers not to be able to easily switch to Scholar results.  Google should allow users to customize the tools in the sidebar.  This would be most ideal.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page SouBundanga 2/8/12 5:49 AM
Me too.  Every time I use google to search for something I seem to get a different looking page.  Sometimes the nav bar is up the top, sometimes not.  Sometimes I get to google scholar more easily than others.

The ability to customise is one solution.  The other is to put google scholar back on the nav bar with every search.

Thanks.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page fmlibrarian 2/10/12 10:20 AM
I agree.  Today (Feb. 10), there is a revised black navigation bar running across the top of Google search.  Scholar used to be listed under "More," but now it's not.  Ditto for "Blogs."  PLEASE return both of them!  They are both key search options, and logically they should be easily accessible when people are conducting a variety of searches, across a variety of content formats.  "Scholar" should also be included as an option on the search results page.  "Books" and "Blogs" are there, but not Scholar.

Thank you.


Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page mmatessa 2/15/12 6:50 AM
Please bring back Scholar!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page princenabby 2/15/12 1:34 PM
I wholeheartedly concur. As an academic with many articles and a very long book in progress, I turn to Google, Google Books, and Google Scholar dozens of times a day, every day, using the menu to switch between the three without having to re-enter my query. Removing Google Scholar from the Google menu has significantly impacted my research work flow, slowing down the number of searches I can do, and robbing me of the ease with which I was able to do them. I thought the whole point of the web was to minimize the number of clicks and keystrokes between any point and any other on the internet. Google's poorly thought and wholly unnecessary out decision has turned a genuine blessing for the scholarly community into a real hindrance. Please bring back the Google Scholar link!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page dompedro 2/15/12 2:50 PM
Yes, bring back the scholar search option!!! Losing that is making my work much more cumbersome! Stupid move to take it away.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page alexandra2 2/15/12 7:31 PM
Yes, yes, yes -- please bring the easy Scholar search back!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Biped 2/16/12 7:31 AM
Another emphatic vote to bring back the scholar option. I can't believe they removed it. Not being able to re-do a search in Scholar by clicking the Scholar menu option severely limits the utility of Google for research. If I want to find scholarly resources about a topic I've just searched, I now have to:

 * select the query terms
 * copy them to the clipboard
 * click the "More" menu
 * click the "Even More" menu item
 * paste the clipboard text into the Scholar input field
 * click "Search"

This is a severe usability regression from the previous procedure:

 * click the "More" menu
 * click the "Scholar" menu item

Please consider putting this item back. At a minimum, for users that have gone to the trouble of going through the 6-step procedure above to do a Scholar search, you could add the Scholar option to the main "More" menu after that, since those users clearly would prefer the 2-step process to the 6-step process.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Biped 2/16/12 7:56 AM
A workaround for people who have a Firefox keyword search set up (http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Smart%20keywords), or the equivalent in other browsers, is to add "&as_qdr=all" to the search URL template. Certain other URL options will prevent it from working, but if for example, you set up the following as a keyword search:

https://www.google.com/search?as_q=%s&num=100&as_qdr=all

Then if you assigned 'g' as the keyword for that search, typing "g usability failure" and hitting Enter would give a search result page that has the old-style 'More' menu that includes the Scholar option.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page dpmcsuss 2/16/12 8:15 AM
Agree. Scholar is such a key part of my google workflow so it needs to be easily accessible from various google areas!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page kostas 2/16/12 9:25 AM
I second this complaint. Dropping the link to Google Scholar for the main drop down menu is a bad idea.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page eyeofthe 2/16/12 10:19 AM
Just wanted to add my disappointment.  Google Scholar now seems to be only available from More/EvenMore which means that it does not "carry through" your search result.  This change is very annoying.  Does anyone know a hack which will bring the old view back?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sunyata 2/16/12 1:38 PM
I'd like to add my voice to the many people disappointed with this change.  It sucks!!!
Google please, please, please bring back easy access to scholar.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page airvine 2/16/12 2:19 PM
How has this not yet been fix? The fine people at Google tend to be on the intelligent side, one would think they would value easy access to intelligent materials. But instead we can quickly look up YouTube/video clips, go shopping, look at funny pictures of cats with quotes in phonetic baby voices, and so on. It seems we are not that big hump in the center of the distribution. Our searches deviate from the norm and perhaps we are soo far out on the tail that Google just does not care about us?!

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page mmatessa 2/16/12 2:59 PM
It's similar to losing the ability to specify exact matches. First fuzzy matches were optional with a tilde, then they were the default and exact matches had to be made with a plus sign. Now we've lost the plus sign. Google no longer values people who want precise, scientific searches.
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Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sunyata 2/16/12 4:06 PM

On Thursday, February 16, 2012 5:59:36 PM UTC-5, mmatessa wrote:
It's similar to losing the ability to specify exact matches. First fuzzy matches were optional with a tilde, then they were the default and exact matches had to be made with a plus sign. Now we've lost the plus sign. Google no longer values people who want precise, scientific searches.

I second that.  Fuzzy matching is the worst change that google has made.  It might work for people who don't really know how to search or what they are looking for, but for those of us that want to access precise technical information it is a disaster.  Bring back the days when google used to be good.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sunyata 2/16/12 4:14 PM
As a workaround, I've added google scholar to the search bar in firefox.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/scholar-search/?src=search

There's probably an equivalent for users of other browsers
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page msvadi 2/16/12 8:29 PM
Dear Google,

I absolutely agree with all comments posted here! My Google Black Bar changed (again!) today and Google Scholar that used to be in the "More" drop-menu is now gone. In order to search Scholar, now I can only submit a query on the Google Scholar page. What's even worse, going back and forth between Scholar search and standard web search became impossible. Whoever is responsible for this change did a terrible job! Please, bring Scholar functionality back!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page msvadi 2/16/12 9:08 PM
Does it allow easy switching between Scholar and Web searches?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page pamelastrongcn 2/16/12 9:32 PM
Google -- Do you read these posts?  Why no action on restoring Google Scholar?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sunyata 2/17/12 4:17 AM
On Friday, February 17, 2012 12:08:44 AM UTC-5, msvadi wrote:
Does it allow easy switching between Scholar and Web searches?

Yes.  <ctrl> up/down arrow switches between installed web searches

 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page HatingNoScholar 2/17/12 7:42 AM
I would like to millionth the request to bring back google scholar.  Graduate students literally live and die by this search option!  Having two whole separate search web pages is awful....why don't the academic articles come up at the top of the search anymore either??? 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page hunger4justice 2/17/12 9:54 AM
WTF!!!!!!  How long is GOOGLE going to ignore the repeated requests of people to put scholar back on the readily accessible menu????  Now they have PATENTS when you click on the even more link on the left.  WE CAN ACCESS PATENTS VIA scholar but not scholar via patents/  Come on GOOGLE, listen to those that made you billionaires.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page needscholar 2/17/12 11:19 AM
Also missing the scholar option dearly.  I have scholar as a bookmark, but often I search generally first (including non-scholarly articles) and then switch to scholar to get a fuller picture.  Please bring it back!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page goocunglests 2/17/12 1:49 PM
Bring back Google Scholar please - why are you obstructing people's activities instead of assisting them???
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page limnios 2/17/12 2:22 PM
Pleasing return Scholar to the menu so we can access this wonderful search tool as we have in the past!!!!  Access to Google Scholar is much more difficult now. I like to search Everything, then Google Scholar without having to re-type my query. 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page RussellD 2/17/12 2:51 PM
I agree with everyone here...this is an incomprehensible decision. Putting Google Scholar on par with Orkut is doing a disservice to humanity. It`s just wrong. Maybe even evil. Don`t be evil.
 
PLEASE FIX.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Dusia 2/17/12 3:14 PM
Oh, I hear you--it triples the actions it takes to do a search... PLEASE put the Scholar option back!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page hpay 2/17/12 3:33 PM
AGREE. Google should go further, and allow customization of the top bar. As a graduate student, I use Google scholar probably 1/4 of the time a do a google search, and would rather have that within easy reach.

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Bring_Scholar_Link_Back 2/18/12 10:45 AM
I use scholar all the time as well because of the convenience of going back and forth to a regular google search. Without this feature, I will be using my library's search search engine more frequently. 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page james.behrendorff 2/18/12 2:53 PM
YES! Please, Google, put Scholar back on the "More" drop down box, or let us customise which options appear in that box. I prefer to just search by typing in the address bar then switch to Scholar with a quick click.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page hyperlexian 2/18/12 8:34 PM
i use Google Scholar on an almost-daily basis, and now it takes me some extra time to track down the results i need. NOT COOL.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page T_ROD 2/18/12 11:45 PM
Losing google scholar from the quick pull down menu has really slowed down my research on my thesis.  I jump back and forth between general and scholar searches to refine my queries and not it's just crashed my process.  Please bring it back!!!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page jdddog 2/19/12 7:26 PM
Yeah this is flipping annoying. Bring it back!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Fretless 2/20/12 8:28 AM
Just broke through my typical aversion to creating accounts on forum pages to weigh in another WTF on this.  Moving scholar to the "even more" page creates a total pain in the rear for users of this function.  Not only is it hidden at the bottom of the "even more" page, but then I have to re-enter my search terms.  Not a big deal, I guess, if you are shopping for shoes, but a real drag when your search terms are things like "hypocreomycetidae."  I don't care how visually appealing you make it, I just want my scholar back!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page bls3md 2/20/12 9:01 AM
Add me as another disgruntled grad student. You already have twelve options in the new drop-down menu, plus eight in the standard black bar. At this point, what's one more? I guess academic articles just aren't as profitable for data mining, are they?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page edrice 2/20/12 3:47 PM
please bring it back. I'm doing research for my masters so that one day I'll have enough money to care about the Finances page. Until then I need the Scholar search. thanks.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page john.riemann.soong 2/20/12 7:30 PM
OMG, Google, please bring Google Scholar back. What is wrong with you guys?!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Luhmann 2/20/12 8:28 PM
At least make it an option so that scholars can have quick access to this even if others don't need it.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Mike Dacre 2/21/12 2:01 AM
+N I agree wholeheartedly, there is so much unnecessary junk in the menu bar now, how does all of that stuff make it before Scholar?  Why can't we customize it?  I use precisely two features in that menu bar ever, and now one of them is missing.  Such a huge and frustrating step backwards.  Come on Google, you are better than this... I thought you actually cared about research.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page googler 123 2/21/12 8:38 AM
Hey everyone,

Thanks for all of your thoughts on the new look we have at the top of Google.com. As you've all noticed, those links are displayed in a standard order and we welcome your feedback on how the design can be improved.

Kelly
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page dompedro 2/21/12 9:42 AM
Um...Hi Kelly.  Thanks for your response - it's good to see el Goog is watching over the discussion.  I think there's plenty of feedback here already.  From what I've seen the consensus seems to be 1) bring back easy access to the scholar option and more generally 2) make it customizable.  The underlying issue here may be the ability to customize the user's search experience.  For example, it may be useful to adopt a home-page approach to the toolbar - the most frequently used search options move to the 'top'.  The most important feature for me is the ability to do a general search, and then switch to another search, for example images or scholar, without having to retype the search terms.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sunyata 2/21/12 10:00 AM
Well said, dompedro.  I think you have the issues and the solutions in a nutshell. 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Sad grad student 2/21/12 6:11 PM
I really miss the Google Scholar link... please bring it back!!!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page T_ROD 2/21/12 9:43 PM
This is an excellent analysis of the key issues along with efficient and reasonable solutions. I think it will proactively address and resolve other user complaints before they even occur, and if not, at least option 2 (make it customizable) will provide a ready and useful solution to those complaints when they do happen. 

Well done dompedro. 

TDR
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page melisma 2/22/12 3:06 PM
Adding my voice to those who want to be able to switch to scholar from the main search page. The best option would be to customise our search page.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page eGaudrain 2/23/12 4:08 AM
Can't see any reason why they would like to remove this link. Don't see why they've changed the Videos link into YouTube and then added the Videos link in the More menu...
I agree that customization would be a solution, but again, I don't see why this has been changed.

Google people, if you are looking for rules to know how to order/select the items in this menu, here are a few suggestions:
  • don't push your products forward: people will use your products if they are great, and typing YouTube or Blogger in the address bar is easy enough; people won't use it if they are rubbish, even if there is a button in the Google bar.
  • put first the services to which the search keywords are to be transferred and for which it is likely that users would like a transfer: Translate, Books, Shopping are good because it is likely that people will want to refine their search with the same keywords. Blogger, Reader, Finance do not use the search box content, just get rid of them here. People are clever enough to bookmark if they want, or clicking through the More menu isn't a big assle anyway as there is no search keyword to lose.

Here is another suggestion: you guys may not know but there is a quite cute thing called OpenSearch (check it here http://www.opensearch.org/). Well, okay, the website is fairly ugly, but that's not the point. The magic of this is that you can automatically tell browsers that there is a search engine available and then add it in a couple of clicks to your favourite browser search bar. It means I could go on Scholar Google, click on the small arrow in the search bar of my browser and select "Add Scholar Google..." No need for a plugin, etc... Beautiful no? Okay, Google got rid of the search bar in Chrome (to push people to use Google Search by default maybe), and I like Chrome very much, but maybe there was a reason why other browsers didn't get rid of the search bar... And, yes, the "standard" is pushed by Amazon, but that's just a couple of lines of XML, and really user friendly.

So Google, it looks like by pushing too much the users toward your "star" products you are actually hindering access to some of your great services... and making people upset in the process. Don't see what you'll win out of this.

Good luck.
-E.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page phoenix3333 2/23/12 8:38 PM
+1 for bringing back the Google Scholar option on the top bar or in the "more" tab. I like Google Scholar because it is very fast and generally gives good results. Please, please, please bring it back. Being a grad student is already hard enough...
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sys-syn-bio 2/23/12 11:39 PM
if you're on google Chrome, get this very simple app (free):


just search on google.com like you normally do, and then hit the magic wand!

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page bookez 2/24/12 6:32 AM
I notice that igoogle has scholar. igoogle is a little bit cumbersome, but when removing all the gadgets, it is kinda usable.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page ijeldes 2/24/12 8:22 AM
Where is Google scholar??? we need it!!!!!!! Google, please make it easier for researchers
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page googlehappy 2/24/12 2:42 PM
Yes, Google Scholar! Wo bist du?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page fmlibrarian 2/26/12 9:44 AM
For everyone who would like to advocate for the return of Scholar to the "More" menu and as an option on the search results page, this blog post about the new Google Bar design includes a link to a form where you can leave feedback:   http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/update-on-google-bar.html.  Select "Google Bar" has the product you want to comment on from the drop-down list.  
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page John3847 2/27/12 2:45 PM
i agree
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page fray_bentos 2/28/12 2:24 AM
This URL also works in Chrome.

Click on the spanner (or wrench if you are American), Options, Manage search engines... button (under Basics, Search), edit search engine URL for Google, or add another search engine and enter the URL:

Remember to set the option for this as the default, and voila, the scholar drop-down menu is back in Chrome google searches from the task bar.


Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page jashack 2/28/12 10:43 AM
+1

Google --  either stop changing the top bar or make it user-configurable.

I am sick and tried of changing my workflow every other random week.

Get.  It.  Together.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page john.riemann.soong 2/28/12 11:52 AM
When can we get a reply from a Google representative?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Ed-F 2/28/12 3:41 PM
I agree - really annoying change, can't swap between web and scholar searches easily when I'm doing research now!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page ieguitarist 2/28/12 4:34 PM
Please, Google, change this back! 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page tom_f 2/29/12 10:33 AM
Agree with the unanimous opinion expressed here that Scholar should be available at the first level, with the possibility of a web/scholar switch maintaining the search.

Several people have suggested a customizable menu; with the increasing number of Google products available, this seems like a reasonable idea.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page adri2012 2/29/12 12:31 PM
Absolutely. I echo the consensus here: this is costing me several minutes each day.  It's not just an issue for scholars and researchers: on college campuses, students now use this link to find assigned e-journal articles for class.  
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Plavixo 3/1/12 7:37 AM
Yes please! Give us an option please!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page SarahG. 3/2/12 5:05 AM
I completely agree!  I've been sending 'suggestions' to Google about this since they took the quick link away but so far, no joy.  

Its very frustrating to do a general search and decide you want to go straight to a Scholar search but find you have to go through multiple menus to find Scholar and then retype/paste your search!!!  Please fix this Google.  Researchers everywhere are frustrated!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page symbolicMT 3/2/12 3:37 PM
I support this request as well. I'm working on my thesis and suddenly this happened. I use the scholar option all the time. This has now become cumbersome. Please add the scholar option back to the toolbar.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page aashaaa 3/4/12 2:59 PM
I couldn't agree more! This is so annoying! Why why WHY would you remove it? It makes scholar searches so much more complicated and slower!!! Please bring back the old set up or at least make the new one customizable!!!! Ugggh!


Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page awl432 3/4/12 3:01 PM
Yes - very very frustrating. Hope they change it.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page SwissCheese 3/4/12 11:44 PM
This needs to be solved NOW !! This feature was used daily by thousands (if not billions) of people. What is wrong with you google ?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sb452 3/5/12 1:18 AM
Please return Scholar to the main menu, or make it customizable. Thank you!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Jeepy842000 3/5/12 12:32 PM
Well if Google wants to be like Facebook and all the other useless sites on the web nowadays that seem to regress instead of progress with updates, thank you sunyata for this gem.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Poppy35 3/5/12 3:39 PM
I have made google scholar my HOME page, so that I can access it with one click.

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page CottonR 3/5/12 10:27 PM
I also agree!  Please allow customization of the menu or add Scholar back to the "More" menu.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page jjjjj 3/6/12 11:55 AM
Yes, yes, yes -- please bring the easy Scholar search back! 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page lindesule 3/6/12 1:18 PM
Agree
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page cholin 3/7/12 12:08 AM
It's absolutely ridiculous scholar was removed from the bar. Change it back gmen.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page onemadscholar 3/7/12 3:07 PM
Has Google utterly lost its mind?  It will certainly lose a big chunk of its clientele if it keeps up all the targeted search nonsense and removes important functionality like easy access to Scholar.  I actually am a scholar, like the other posters--a professional one--and I have long preferred Google, but that could change. 
 
I have just dug deep enough to find scholar and add it to my favorites bar in hopes that will tide me over till you fix this.
 
And while I'm at it, why don't you allow the same kind of time screen in the general search that you do (did?) in scholar, so that searches can be limited to, for example the last year, five years, etc. 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page onemadscholar 3/7/12 3:29 PM
Interesting, fmlibrarian that when I went to the link you provided to make a comment, scholar is exactly where it used to be in the top-level "more." 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page SeriouslyGoogs 3/8/12 10:13 AM
I have been grateful for the beautiful functionality of Google Scholar, which almost always surpasses more specialized journal search websites, and its use is a core element of my day-to-day work.  But it is kind of infuriating that Shopping, Finance, Blogger, Photos, Videos, Music, Offers, Wallet, and Mobile take precedence on the More tab list over basic services like Scholar and Groups.  Are you guys just trying to promote newer services?  I personally don't appreciate it.

You can add my voice of disgruntlement to the chorus.  
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Chris Bulock 3/9/12 8:04 AM
Students, faculty and staff at my library used Google Scholar to connect to our full text over 16,000 times last year. That's just one medium-sized university, and it doesn't account for all Google Scholar use here. We need Google Scholar to be easy to find!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page John3847 3/9/12 9:44 AM
I think it's effing STUPID that there is no way to contact Google about this problem.  I've looked all over and can't find a way to contact them.  Do they even realize people are frustrated by this?  C'mon Google, pull your head out of your arse!!!!!!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sb452 3/9/12 9:57 AM
John: To be fair to google, there are plenty of places to contact them. Here is just one. A google staff member has replied this post. There's also a blog post here:   http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/update-on-google-bar.html
I think that they have noticed, but it's good to keep badgering :-).
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page jay david 3/10/12 3:16 PM
Hi all,

Thanks for your continued feedback on the Google bar! I wanted to let you know that we are listening and we hear your concerns. However, to provide a consistent experience across Google, the links in the Google bar will be static and reflect Google’s major properties that have the most engagement from our users. This is just the latest step in our redesign and we’re always looking for ways to improve based on user feedback.

Cheers,
Jeff
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page kkei 3/11/12 1:32 PM
An alternative, is to do a javascript injection via a bookmark. just make a bookmark on the bookmarks bar with the url/location: 

javascript:void(window.location="http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q="+new RegExp("[\\?&]q=([^&#]*)").exec(window.location.href)[1]);

notes:
-when I pasted this into my url bar on chrome, it removed the "javascript:" part. 
-this won't work anymore if google changes the url for google scholar (when that happens, just change it in the first part in quotes
-this only works after a search has been done (you are on the search results page in google search
-this will work on any webpage that uses "q" as the key for the query (e.g., bing) yahoo uses "p"
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page john.riemann.soong 3/11/12 2:04 PM
are you saying more people use "google offers" and "google wallet" than google scholar? I find this highly doubtful.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page hsrstud 3/11/12 2:45 PM
From my read, he is saying that Google plans to provide a consistently poor experience for academics.  Hopefully, the removal of the Scholar link is not a signal that Google is planning to discontinue Scholar in the future.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page badman007 3/12/12 3:36 AM
Yes, we really really need Google Scholar back!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page RR 3/14/12 3:06 AM
We need Google Scholar the same way we used to have it before! We are not asking for miracles
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page John3847 3/15/12 11:47 AM
the following URL will give you the basic Google page with the Scholar option:


I just set this as my homepage, and everything is back to normal!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page T_ROD 3/15/12 11:58 AM
This looks like a fix!!!!  I'm totally amazed.  Thanks John!

TDR
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page John3847 3/15/12 12:06 PM
One would think the two Google employees who have responded to this thread would have mentioned this.  MASSIVE FAIL on the part of Google.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page kkei 3/15/12 12:14 PM
Except that this solution was already mentioned on Feb 16 by randombiped. at least 5 days before the first google employee posted, so why would they repeat this information?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page John3847 3/15/12 12:21 PM
^^because clearly myself and many others did not see the solution posted by randombiped
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page kkei 3/15/12 12:29 PM
Also, be prepared for this "fix" to let you down again, because the "as_qdr" parameter is meant to set the query date range as you can see here:  http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007/08/easy-way-to-find-recent-web-pages.html

And, this parameter is a bit outdated. So expect this to fail at some point, because either they will discontinue the use of the parameter or they will update that ui to match their current.

Since, you and others are missing some posts, here are the other two solutions in the thread. Although they do the same thing, google is much less likely to drop their standard of using "q" as their query parameter:

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if you're on google Chrome, get this very simple app (free):


just search on google.com like you normally do, and then hit the magic wand!

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Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page ifrank 3/17/12 3:55 PM
I want to vote "me too!" on making it easier to find Google Scholar.  Is there a way to EASILY customize the list that appears under "MORE" in the black toolbar?   
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page paulwicks 3/18/12 2:27 AM
It doesn't have to come back into *everybody's* "more" box, but it would seem sensibile to put it into the box of anyone that clicks through "more" once or twice, for instance. 

I mean, I' *never* going to use Google Wallet or Google Offers, so at least make that system smart and promote the tools in there that the user has shown an interest in. 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page topgun0586 3/19/12 7:04 AM
I agree. Conducting academic research is much more frustrating without the ability to easily switch (back AND forth) from generic google results and google scholar results. Truly counterintuitive in terms of researching on an academic subject (i.e., broad to narrow vs. narrow to broad).

This is something that needs to be fixed.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page guesswho7230 3/19/12 11:21 AM
I add my support to this as well.  Please give me my scholar link back soon!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sgcline 3/20/12 11:31 AM
Or at least let us customize our Google Toolbar to add Scholar to it!  :(

This is so frustrating, none of my google scholar links are working.  Since I'm working off campus, somehow something is not letting me use the Google Scholar option of searching my library reserves either. 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page ifrank 3/20/12 12:32 PM
sgcline, about Google Scholar and those articles from your library... Have you tried going through your library web page and logging on and then using Google Scholar from there? Your library may have set up a widget to help with that -  or some way for you to use Zotero and save the proxy settings - or another tool... You might want to check your library's web pages and see what they suggest.   
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page SamZG 3/20/12 1:49 PM
Agree. This is also especially frustrating because opening google scholar from the 'Even more' panel does not retain your search term, so there is no quick way to get both generic results and scholar results from the main search page.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page bpva 3/20/12 2:17 PM
+1!  Please bring back a handy way to switch between scholar and regular google search.  Or at least preserve my search query text after I follow all the clicks to Google Scholar  ("more..." --> "even more..."--->scroll all the way down)

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page AlphaLeo 3/20/12 8:49 PM
Dito... agreed!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page RF. 3/21/12 6:26 PM
I'm starting to realize that Google is less and less like me. I use Google Reader and Google Scholar at least as much as I use Google News. And Google knows that this user profile is not uncommon—they have enough people in their own offices using both services to know that anyone doing research in any form would appreciate easy access to them.

What's the problem? I'm just asking to spend more time on Google pages! Please let me access Reader and Scholar as easily as I need.

I'll end up sharing more content (through Google+, actually) if you let me check my feeds and review academic papers. Google Scholar rocks, don't pull it away. I should also mention that I have tremendous difficulties getting students to use Google Scholar, and this menu thing is not helping. Don't be evil.

F.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Matthew J. Brown, Ph.D. 3/24/12 4:30 PM
It isn't clear to me what this response is actually saying. Are you saying that Google Scholar is not going to be in the black bar anymore because it doesn't have enough "engagement" from users as compared to other things in the "More" menu? I think other users have rightfully raised doubts about that claim. But Scholar doesn't need to be an option in the black bar; instead it could be an option in the left-hand search-type menu (along with, e.g., "Everything", "Images", "Places", "Blogs", "Patents"). There are many of these where scholar must be as important or get as much engagement as the ones that already appear. 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Matthew J. Brown, Ph.D. 3/24/12 4:31 PM
The ability to switch back and forth between web and scholar searches is a crucial bit of functionality, and it is a shame that it is gone. Please bring it back.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Dr Luke 3/24/12 9:25 PM
It boggles my mind that anyone at Google thought hiding the Scholar portion of their website would be a good idea.  Please reevaluate this short-sighted decision.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page plzzer 3/25/12 10:19 AM
google stopped listening :(
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page International Soul 3/26/12 12:41 AM
why can't we customise which google products are most useful to us and have them easiest to access?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page bns1000 3/26/12 9:15 AM
I want Scholar in the bar, make the bar customizable
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Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page msvadi 3/26/12 12:35 PM
I saw a new Google Play button  today, but still no Google Scholar. I think Google hints that I should stop working and play games instead.

But seriously now: Google bar should be customizable - people use it for different purposes, you cannot make one that fits all.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Wald0rff 3/26/12 11:42 PM
Me too!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page tauha25 3/27/12 12:27 AM
i want google scholar back.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page RR 3/27/12 12:46 AM
We want Google Earth tab instead of this New Google Play!!!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page RR 3/27/12 12:47 AM
I mean Google Scholar
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page markevans 3/27/12 1:36 PM
More likely that they make money off of offers & wallet and not from scholar.

Jeff's was basically an annoying, whitewashed, PR-speak slap in the face.
"consistent experience" --> no customization
"Google’s major properties" --> Google's cash cows
Here's my translation:
"<sarcasm>Thanks for your continued feedback on the Google bar!</sarcasm> <underbreath>We really hoped this would go unnoticed and we hope this thread dies doubleplusquick.</underbreath> We hope this post tricks you into believing we still care about our users rather than their wallets and that we haven't abandoned our "don't be evil" philosophy. However, to ensure that all users use Google the way we want them to, the links in the Google bar will be static and reflect Google’s major income sources. This is just the latest step in our profit-maximizing redesign and we’re always looking for ways to make more money in spite of user feedback."

Thanks Google, for violating many of your "ten things" that you claim is your corporate philosophy.
1) Focus on the user and all else will follow.
---This is the most egregious violation. Google claims that "we take great care to ensure that they will ultimately serve you, rather than our own internal goal or bottom line." Seems like this move is the exact opposite of that.
2) It’s best to do one thing really, really well.
---Google claims: "We do search." Hmmm...seems like removing Scholar from even the menu and putting Play, Documents, Calendar, Mobile, Offers, Wallet, and Shopping on the bar/more menu, contradicts this.
3) Fast is better than slow.
---Google claims: "We know your time is valuable, so when you’re seeking an answer on the web you want it right away–and we aim to please." Well, you've just made our scholarly research that much slower, and we're clearly not pleased.
4) Democracy on the web works.
5) You don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer.
6) You can make money without doing evil.
7) There’s always more information out there.
---Yes there is, and we want simple access to it via scholar back.
8) The need for information crosses all borders.
9) You can be serious without a suit.
10) Great just isn’t good enough.

Google- we're not asking for skins of our favorite sports teams on the black google bar- we're just wanting the ability to put the buttons to google services we use most where we want them. That's it.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page SiriV 3/27/12 8:47 PM
I so agree! How long is it going to take before someone from Google reads this forum and returns the Scholar search option?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page SiriV 3/28/12 7:47 AM
Safari still has the function, so no more Chrome until they fix this!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Mourns.loss.of.scholar.link 3/28/12 9:08 AM
There are many forums all over the internet mourning the loss of the GoogleScholar easy-access link in the "More" tab. It seems like a bad business model to brush aside the concerns of your consumers just because it's inconvenient, and you'd rather promote your new properties. I'd be more inclined to continue to make Google my #1 search site if you made it easier for me to search for what I want and need. At least make the Google bar customizable.

I would like to say that the tip from sys-syn-bio to install the Google scholar wand on Google Chrome was a good one!! But Google should be able to do a better job addressing their consumers complaints.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page cfurchner 3/29/12 12:31 PM
Thank you!!!!  Now if Google folks would just fix what they broke...
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page goldermg 3/29/12 5:37 PM
obviously no on at Google is listening. Still a problem several months later.

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page jjrodny 3/31/12 2:37 PM
I agree! Google, put 'Google Scholar' back in arm's reach! Please test your interface updates before you launch them! At least allow me to go back to the original that worked!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Jocham 4/2/12 5:00 AM
Honestly, it has been 2 months now, how difficult is it to bring back scholar.google in the menu bar!?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Hgilbert 4/12/12 7:16 AM
Yes, ditto.

Could this have been removed because scholar links do not bring any revenue?

Whatever the reason, please bring this back --
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page hsrstud 4/14/12 9:16 PM
This adds Google Scholar to the sidebar!

http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/130585
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page acamon 4/18/12 8:53 AM
Please make the bar customizable! I willing to believe that for the majority of users YouTube is a more useful short cut than Scholar but for those who use it regularly this change is incredibly frustrating! 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page dompedro 4/18/12 10:27 PM
Jeff (and Kelly from earlier, and the rest of Google):

It's unbelievable how blatantly you are alienating and ignoring this group of users. I sent the note below direct to Google, now I'll say to those unheard voices here: SWITCH TO MICROSOFT ACADEMIC SEARCH! It's loads better than scholar With some pretty sweet features!  http://academic.research.microsoft.com/

Bring back the scholar option on search results page, or at least make the search bar customizable. Seriously, this really isn't rocket science here, and you dont need special glasses on to see the issue more clearly.

And take a frickin hint from MICROSOFT ACADEMIC SEARCH (beta). I've used it for less than a day and enjoy it far more than Scholar. Hence, I will be switching to MS Academic, and what the heck, to Bing as well (for consistency). And I will be actively promoting said switch to others.

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page T_ROD 4/19/12 9:13 AM
Thanks for the link to Microsoft Academic search.  I'll be trying it out over the next month.  I really, really, really wish that this multibillion dollar company know for innovation would compromise and just allow us to customize the search bar. It's so frustrating!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page hsrstud 4/19/12 8:34 PM
I gave Microsoft Academic a try, but when I searched for one of my articles using my last name and a keyword I couldn't find my article in Academic, while my article is the first result in Scholar.  Maybe Microsoft Academic is useful for certain discipllines, but health-related research is typically pretty high in terms of visibility.  Academic also gave me a repeated unresponsive script warning in Firefox.  Hence, at least for my field of research, Academic appears to be a fairly poor alternative.

Nevertheless, I'm saddened by Google's decline as an innovator.  In this day and age it is pretty ridiculous to adopt a one size fits all approach.  This company has really regressed in many ways.  It's a shame how much of a cash cow they have become, similar to so many of their competitors.  I guess this happens to all companies once they reach a certain phase in their corporate life cycle.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page jedanbik 4/22/12 11:30 AM
I would also find this useful!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page chrisvanlang 4/23/12 10:36 PM
That is also my metric for search. I didn't get any hits for some papers that I know exists on Google Scholar. However, Academic Search certainly looks nice.

Has anyone tried the google scholar script?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page chrisvanlang 4/23/12 11:03 PM
I'm amazed but this bookmarklet actually works quite well. Basically, you can do your typical google search and if you want to look it up on google scholar, SCHOLARFY and you're set.

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page eGaudrain 4/24/12 5:05 AM
Similar to other solutions posted before, if you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer (and maybe other browsers, as long as you have a search-bar), you can easily add Scholar to the search engine list. If you follow the link below, your browser will propose to add it to your search engine list:

http://etienne.gaudrain.eu/opensearch/google_scholar.php

This makes use of the OpenSearch specification. Really wonder why Google doesn't do this as a standard for all their products...

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page dusky186 4/24/12 9:47 AM
Actually I agree... in fact a long time ago, The Georgia Tech library created a small app that actually not only put google scholar as a linkable search option, but also had a java link so any paper could be easily converted to bibliographic format, linked the paper to the relevant publishing database of your choice or subject! , showed you with a simple google map search the nearest libraries that held it, and did all this by simple searching the phrase.

Unfortunetly, the newest google chrome and google search is not as compatible with the old version.   The new version (http://www.library.gatech.edu/search/web_localizer.php ) is ok, but lost many of the great features.  (Plus only current georgia tech students can use the app)

Being an researcher myself, I honestly completely agree with you that google needs to make its scholar app and several other apps more accessible.  However, not just integrated into the main search engine, but actually easy to reach separate entities.  Heck, why cannot google just make a google scholar chrome extension?  (like they did with blocklist)
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page ExBoy 4/24/12 11:34 PM
Please fix this, removing Scholar from top bar has totally messed up my workflow
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sgcline 4/26/12 3:28 PM
Please?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page JC-about-search 4/30/12 7:26 AM

Not happy about Scholar being sidelined. the point isn't "Oh, it's still there, what you complaining about ?", the point is "Why, Google, why ?"

That's rhetorically. Which means "don't try and answer that one, Google"


There's lots of things up there that I'm sure Google has thought about a lot. Such as "Play". Play ? I know how to do that. The one specific thing I need Google to check out on a regular basis is the literature. Not "Play" - I know how to do that thank you very much.

To cut a long story short: Give us back Google Scholar right up there at the top, or, I warn you, a lot of scholars won't be back here.

There. That'll warn 'em (seriously, despite the eccentricaly jocular tone).

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page JC-about-search 4/30/12 7:29 AM
Those are fine solutions, which is good.

However, i don't want a workaround that I have to implement. I don't want to fiddle browsers. I just want Scholar back. And once that's done, i want Scholar bumped one level up, a single click away.

That'll encourage even more of us to use it.

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Benjaminv 4/30/12 10:31 AM
Apparently the voice is high but where to see any official voice? I dont like Google as I did before, since when I dont know. It easily decides to do anything then easily gives it up. is it going to give up google scholar as well, since it doesnt bring too much money to the Google empire? Very disappointed!

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page ueyatl 5/1/12 7:27 AM
I don't understand why in spite of all the requests that have been posted here, there hasn't been any changes on the top bar to include the scholar option.

What is the point of having people aggravated by having to take multiple steps to get to the option they want.

As the previous person alluded, Google scholar may not make money but I can assure you that I will not choose google mail to find a academic paper.

Please let us customize the top bars. It will give you information about people's preferences.

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page goldermg 5/1/12 8:29 AM
What we need is scholar to be a standard option at the top level - becasue if its only through customization, we cant really rely on it as a teaching tool. I agree with what's the point of this forum if Google cant just add it back after a year of postings. They want the academic hook - then make it work for us.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page PleaseAddScholar 5/1/12 5:04 PM
Removing scholar from the bar has probably cost me an hour in the past few days alone. Please add this back or make it optional. There is so much open room! Please! 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page sesili 5/2/12 7:40 AM
This was a very predictable move by a company that decided to focus exclusively on advertising and revenues. I don't think scholar search brings them any money, at least definitely not the way other services such as wallet, flights, shopping, and even plain search do. So of course, scholar was cut out of the main panel and made as unaccessible as possible. It is a sad step in a whole series of sad steps that google is now taking, but something tells me they won't start listening to people until too late - just like Netflix did.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page tom_f 5/2/12 8:42 AM
The Google of the past - do no evil, offer the best search engine, expand access to knowledge by scanning everything, etc. - doesn't really exist anymore. It has been replaced by a corporation that produces  smartphones, an operating system, a web browser, an office suite of apps, online commerce applications, and the networking and marketing of individuals' personal information at a massive level.

Afraid we're kind of talking into a dead phone here. The other party has already hung up.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Benjaminv 5/2/12 9:15 AM
Actually i dont even mind "that having to take multiple steps to get to the option they want", I care about that if people still working on it i.e. updating database or not.... if they stopped working, Google scholar may not be useful at all in one year or so. However i still see these school library links besides entries, hopefully they are not gonna ending the whole thing...
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Peter O. 5/2/12 2:46 PM
Here's another vote for it. Please bring it back!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page CatuliRock 5/3/12 9:00 AM
I agree. When I have to use the university's library, there are pages and pages of Boolean search boxes to complete before I can even start a search. Google Scholar allowed me to track down quickly articles that may prove useful to my work, and if they weren't accessible online then I'd go to the library and waste valuable time requesting them. I'm baffled by why Scholar is now so annoyingly difficult to find. Is there a logical reason why it isn't at least in the "more" options? 
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page CatuliRock 5/3/12 9:05 AM
Exactly. Why, Google, why? I understand that perhaps Scholar wasn't seeing as much action as, say, "play." On the other hand, "patents"? Really? How much activity does that generate? The primary reason I switched to Google was that it seemed so much more user-friendly than Microsoft, and by that I mean Google seemed to care about what its users wanted and needed. It was faster, more intuitive, provided more options, etc. Sure, every business needs to make money -- but on what planet is becoming more like Microsoft a good business decision?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page alcyonidae 5/4/12 11:21 AM
Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your reply, but I'm confused about exactly why providing a consistent experience is preferable to allowing users to customize which searches are easily available to them, especially in the case of researchers who regularly use Scholar in the course of their work.

Thanks,
Morgan
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page lau24 5/25/12 12:37 PM
I also support this request. I used to use the google scholar option frequently. I'll go back to using Web of Knowledge / PubMed / the usual databases until Google fixes this. I definitely am not making use of the Books, Blogger, Finance, etc options - not sure what the point is of not letting us customize what search tools we want to have handy.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page mjrussell 5/27/12 5:09 AM
Google cannot be hugely worried about consistency in the drop-down "More" menu, since it contains a different selection of items on, say google.com and google.co.uk.

I wish they would bring back a link to Scholar. How hard could it possibly be!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page lucia_garrido 5/29/12 6:22 AM
Please bring Google Scholar bar back!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Jayarava 6/7/12 10:51 AM
Cutting off scholar search from the flow in Google is one of the more stupid things Google has done. It worked perfectly well, why break it?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page dusky186 6/8/12 2:49 PM
I am disappointed too.  Maybe if we make enough noise someone will listen.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page dusky186 6/8/12 2:50 PM
Hey ThreesecondHero,  any update from google?  Has anyone even try contacting custumer support?

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page cfurchner 6/8/12 6:52 PM
No one from Google seems to be listening... so I just posted this on Google's Facebook page, which is updated periodically, so perhaps SOMEONE from Google will look there.  (Or perhaps they will take it down.)  https://www.facebook.com/Google  I'm going to do the same on Google+. 

Hey, Google Peeps, there are a bunch of people on your forums who are complaining that changes that make Google Scholar less accessible are really not working for us. But no one from Google seems to pay attention, so I'm going to try posting here.

Scholar was once directly accessible from the "More" tab on the drop-down menu. Now we have to go a level deeper from that menu and find Scholar on a very busy page. Even worse, in the past, when we had already typed a search string on the main page and clicked on Scholar from the Main drop-down menu, the search string was preserved, and the click took us directly to the Scholar search results. Now, the string has to be retyped on the Scholar screen.

PLEASE RESTORE THE OLD SCHOLAR FUNCTIONALITY AND EASE OF USE!!! It's a wonderful, useful product, and it's just a damn shame that you've chosen to make it more difficult to use. 

Thank you very much. 

There doesn't seem to be any direct email to Google customer support - help screens just direct back to Forums.

Any other ideas for getting their attention?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page everlearners 6/9/12 5:31 PM
If Google knows so much about me, why doesn't it know that I use Scholar almost daily. The range of options in Search and on the Google bar really should adapt to the user.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Gnizla Scholar 6/18/12 10:04 AM
I am going to stop using google and chrome if they do not give me an option to easily access scholar on the bar
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Sch0lar 6/19/12 6:02 AM
Please could easy access to scholar be brought back. It is incredibly frustrating, as the many people on this forum have highlighted. Scholar also used to come up within a google search with a "for more scholar results click here" which doesn't seem to happen anymore either. I am going to end up using searches within publishers websites simply because that is quicker to do now. And personally I use scholar far more than any of the current tab options under "more" (excluding "documents" which isn't always under "more" anyway) , the only one of which I might occasionally use is "translate". Most of them I never use! Why did a very useful feature have to be removed?! How many people need to complain and say the same thing before easy access will be brought back?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page kkei 6/19/12 8:49 AM
Actually search does still "sometimes" show within a google search with a "for more scholar results click here. But it seems to only be when it thinks that you're searching for a scholarly topic, so you're still out of luck. Also, I've talked to some people that work at google and people do know about this issue, but so far apparently we haven't found the correct person to complain to.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page tlamadon 6/19/12 2:26 PM
I second that, 

I find it revolting that google does not give the option to customize the search menu... 

So finally I went and installed the following grease monkey script http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/134515
which does what Google should have offered as an option years ago!

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Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page cfurchner 6/19/12 9:34 PM
Sadly, no response yet from Google.  For Chrome, the Query Scholar extension fixes what Google broke.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/imepgbjoalhbkginadnaggpbggmimhmg (access from Chrome).  Puts a "magic wand" on the toolbar; clicking on it takes you to the Scholar query, with the search string preserved.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page tlamadon 6/19/12 9:42 PM
Hi, I installed the greasmonkey script on chrome. First install Tampermonkey https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dhdgffkkebhmkfjojejmpbldmpobfkfo)
then install http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/134515

quite an easy fix actually

t.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page rob_wood42 7/8/12 9:07 AM
Me too!

Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page tony443434 7/28/12 5:00 PM
Dear google.  Please bring this back.  thanks
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page leucinezipper 7/30/12 2:48 PM
Why did Google drop Scholar from the mainpage in the first place? It's great! All kinds of stuff that doesn't easily show up elsewhere, like on Pubmed, shows up on Scholar. Google, please bring the link back!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Jper12 9/12/12 7:10 AM
The fact that scholar is so difficult to get to, hurts!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page nah58 9/23/12 6:35 PM
I agree with every one - there needs to be a link to Scholar under "More".  Dumb to remove it!  I could not find a way to contact Google to express this suggestion either.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page jamesdavidpennington 10/10/12 4:26 AM
Agreed with all of the above, just come back into education and realized this. Very annoying! Especially for a company based on an academic citation ranking system, founded by two PHD  candidates!  
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page aimdezilaere 11/2/12 2:09 AM
I second this request as well, the best thing would be, to make it possible for any logged in user, to make his/her own top bar.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Matt Lloyd-Cape 11/14/12 7:31 AM
Why are we still having to ask for this google?! you had a great product, but now the functionality is all gone. search term is lost clicking between scholar and regular google. come on guys!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page weetabixharry 12/15/12 7:15 AM
I cannot believe that this still hasn't been resolved. Is there really no way to get the message through to Google? So frustrating!
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page weetabixharry 12/15/12 7:21 AM
Actually, this thing really works:


It takes about 20 secs to install in Chrome.
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Najmi Zabidi 1/19/13 10:32 PM
Google is a PhD product, now *they* removing the scholar navigation. 
What's wrong with Google nowadays?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Fatima Al-Madani 3/16/13 11:42 PM
Agree..
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page widsithgrey 3/28/13 5:12 PM
This thread is over a year old and still Google Scholar is not easily accessible or available. Will Google ever address this issue?
Re: New Format needs Google Scholar option on Results Page Sylvain Pronovost 4/28/13 5:44 AM
Agreed, please bring Google Scholar back as a default option as it used to be. This is embarrassing, I will be looking into other search engines and abandoning Google some time soon if Google doesn't revise their position on the matter.

S Pronovost, PhD Cognitive Science

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