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How do I access the full text of journal articles from Google Scholar?

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2012  |  3684 Views

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Google Scholar is a free tool, so the Find it! @NUS Libraries and the Check Library Holdings is not always reliable, so if you want to be 100% certain something is available, please follow the procedure here (under "official method").

Google Scholar is a good resource to use for searching but the main drawback is that it is difficult to 

a) check if you have access to the article displayed online via NUS Libraries subscriptions

b) get access even if the article is accessible via NUS Libraries subscriptions as the publisher is unaware you are from NUS, so when you click through Google Scholar into the article you will be asked to pay.

There are two main ways to help solve these two issues though they are not fool-proof as Google Scholar is a free tool.

Firstly, you can use the older proxy bookmarklet method, but this may not always work.

The second method, involves using the build-in Google Scholar's Library Links  Programme which NUS Libraries is now registered with. 

If you add NUS Libraries to your settings (see section below), Google Scholar will try to identify what articles you have access via our subscriptions and show a Find it! @NUS Libraries link. 

Alternatively you can bookmark the following special google scholar link and search from there, which will do the same.

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Here's how you add this to your settings

1. At Google Scholar, click on Settings at the top right corner. (Note Google, often changes the position of this)

2. Click on Library Links on the left.

3. Search for nus and select National University of Singapore - Findit! @NUS Libraries

4. Click Save.

If you have logged-in using your Google account already, this setting will be tied to it, if not it will be tied to a cookie on your PC that may be cleared depending on your settings. See this for details.

You may also see a link with either [PDF] or [HTML] either individually or with the Findit! @NUSLibraries link. These links if clicked will bring you to the free version, which may be pre-print draft versions though they may also be the post-print final versions.

In addition to links below each citation, you may also find a link Check Library Holdings, under each citation. If you don't see it, you may have to click on the "More" drop down. This allows you to check for print and/or electronic holdings as the Find it! @NUS Libraries handles only online access.

 

Also while Google Scholar tries to identify online access with the Find it! @NUS Libraries link, sometimes this fails, so you might want to use Check Library Holdings to confirm.

Usually this will bring you directly to full-text, other times it may drop you into the 360link results page or in the worse case scenario, the page in the bottom frame fails to load in which case you should click on "Get additional resources". 

 

Please Note

Google Scholar is a free tool, so the Find it! @NUS Libraries and the Check Library Holdings is not always reliable, so if you want to be 100% certain something is available, please follow the procedure here (under "official method").

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