Google Drops Scholar From Navigation Bar

Dec 13, 2011 • 8:37 am | comments (25) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

There are complaints in the Google Web Search Help forums that Google has removed the Google Scholar option from the main drop down navigation menu. This change came with Google's new top bar change from a week or so ago - that is still rolling out slowly.

They have indeed done that, placing it under the "even more" section making it hard for Google's most scholarly searchers to access Google Scholar.

Here is a picture from before:

Old Google Bar

Here is a picture of the new Google bar:

Google Bar

As you can see, Google Scholar is missing from the new bar.

I honestly think Google will eventually let people customize the Google bar with their favorite services. So that should solve the issue for many. But I am not sure when that will happen.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Cameron Beyer

12/13/2011 01:43 pm

How hard is it to type "sch" into the Chrome Omnibox, have it completed to "" (after visiting a couple times before) and press Enter?  Or, typing scholar into and clicking the first result?  Or heck, bookmarking the site right at the top of your browser?  That would be even easier than it was before!


02/11/2012 07:39 pm

I just now noticed the google scholar link has disappeared.  Honestly, it was a huge time saver for me.  I could enter terms into my search bar, do a general search and then immediately open a second tab with google scholar results.  Depending on what I'm looking for, I often use the two search results in conjunction to find what I need.  I do have a bookmark for google scholar but rarely use it as this is... or was... much easier.   And no, you don't always get a link suggesting "scholarly articles" at the top of search results.    Sad to see scholar go.  Industry follows the demands of the people, and its people just keep getting dumber and dumber.


02/14/2012 07:48 pm

The advantage was in repeating a general Google search as a scholar search without having to retype the query. For me, this adds an extra click (at least) as well as the time to retype or paste my query into Google scholar. This is a task I perform 10 times a day or more.


02/16/2012 12:40 pm

 I have a new idea. How about putting Google web search itself on "even more"?!


02/16/2012 10:39 pm

Agreed!  It's very valuable to get two different "pictures" about a research topic from a google search point of view and a google scholar point of view.  

Internet Pants

02/17/2012 02:34 pm

This addon for Firefox browser has been the best possible alternative for me:   It gives you a Google Scholar search bar at the top of the browser next to the URL bar.


02/19/2012 07:06 pm

 Because if you already have a search term you require in the box, you have to remove it and then type "sch". Before, you could easily interchange between search methods.

Nick Gardner

02/21/2012 02:52 pm

Because what is the purpose in removing functionality?

Ali Lahijani

02/22/2012 09:12 am

Yes, that's very important. The sad thing is that they do not seem to listen to us any more.

no name

02/23/2012 03:45 am

It blows my mind that google won't let us customize this.  Please add your feedback to have this changed here:  It is critical that I can easily search and then view the same search terms in scholar, not buried under "even more"


02/24/2012 07:41 am

try out this app: if you're on google Chrome, get this very simple app (free): search on like you normally do, and then hit the magic wand!


03/08/2012 01:36 am

Think I'm going back to Firefox. Fed up with all this mucking around.


03/30/2012 11:39 am

Thanks for this.... It is a very helpful extension..... In fact, it solved this irritation!


03/30/2012 02:24 pm

The problem isn't so much that we now have to navigate to Google Scholar and copy and repaste the query. The problem is that Google just told us that they're for dumb people.  At the same time, they've started paying big entertainment stars to upload youtube content, and they added Google Play, not to the drop-down menu, but the 4th item, after Google Maps.  Google Play offers us the ability to pay for and watch major movies as well as books and such.  Not obscure titles, not library-quality stuff, but just current popular titles that aren't free and that hope to make money off your purchase. In other words, you're the consumer.  That whole thing about the web being a balance about creation, exchange, and remixing, that was just the early adopters like you.  The internet giants aren't really bothered by those ideals anymore.  The world's information is organized enough.  You should just buy HBO flicks from them.  It's the monitization phase of their business model y'know.


04/22/2012 07:59 pm

Google scholar ought to be placed up on top of the search menu, in my view.  Why hide it?  There are quite a few relatively well-educated folk, who may not be  "died-in-the-wool" scholars, but  who might become more sophisticated by stumbling upon Google Scholar and exploring what it offers.  But, of course, such folk  are much less likely to stumble upon this great facility, if it is only available way out of sight in the obscure location in which it has now been placed.  C'mon Google.  Wise up.


04/30/2012 02:19 pm

They should put it back. There's ways around, we can fiddle things to make it easier to use. That's not the point. The point is "Why, Google, why ?" (rhetorically. Which means "don't try and answer that one, Google") And don't get me started on what's up thre: - Play ??? What ? - "Shipping" ? Why this focus on the merchant navy ? Oh. I mis-read, the "i" is an "o". The comment still stands - replace "merchant navy" with "shop-keepers". 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).


05/30/2012 01:11 am

You might find this userscript of interest; it adds both Scholar and Books links to the default search page, just like it should be:

Atin Sharma

06/06/2012 11:25 am

I had been looking for ways to put scholar back on my top bar... i have to navigate through 2 pages for it! :( Can I customize it?????


06/08/2012 12:01 pm

go to Thanks Satif!!!!!

David Fairbairn

10/26/2012 08:12 pm

Worked like a charm, thanks!!


04/09/2013 03:55 pm

It's a pain and makes things awkward to search for articles - any extra few click I didn't need

Carolyn Ray

07/10/2013 06:08 pm

Make scholar your default search engine: Customize/Settings/Search/Manage Search Engines. Click Google Scholar in the list, then click "Make Default". If it's not in the list, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Add a new search engine". Google Chrome is now all smarted up.


02/17/2014 01:14 pm

This is bloody annoying. Made moreso by the utter pointlessness of dropping it in the first place. WHO WAS IT OFFENDING?!


02/17/2014 03:50 pm

Right on, Sensible! Having the site more salient might even benefit non experts. I still say: Wise up Google.


03/14/2014 11:06 am


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