What is Google Scholar?
Google scholar searches scholarly materials (journals, conference papers, books, theses, etc) from a variety of sources, including an unknown number of scholarly publishers (e.g. Wiley, IEEE), University Presses (e.g. HighWire Press, MetaPress, Ingenta) , preprint and universities repositories (e.g. arXiv.org, RePEc)
In short, Google Scholar:
- attempts to provide a single search engine for scholarly literature
Note: Not all results come from scholarly sources
- is good for quick research.
- may offer a number of versions of the same article depending on where it was found.
- search results may include links to full-text articles freely available on the Internet.
- may be weak on older material
- relevacny ranking favours articles that are well cited, which tends to be older
- many links take you to publishers' websites where access requires a subscriber login or you have to pay to view full-text.
How to get full text from Google Scholar
When you search Google Scholar, it will often bring you to a publisher site or database site where you will be asked to pay because the site does not know you are from NUS and can access the article via NUS subscriptions.
There are two solutions
1) Turn on the preferences in Google Scholar to indicate you are from NUS
2) Use the proxy bookmarklet to proxy the Google Scholar domain (see below).
Both methods will reveal the "Find it! @ NUSLibraires" link.
Google scholar will try to figure out which article is available online via our subscriptions and indicate it by adding a "Find it! @ NUSLibraries".
How to use the proxy bookmarklet to retrieve full-text of an article link in Google Scholar?
NUS Libraries is now on Google's Library Link programme with build-in support for linking to full text (Findit@NUSLibraries). NEW! You can use both the proxy bookmarklet or change the Google Scholar settings to take advantage of this.
Below are instructions on using the proxy bookmarklet to access full-text (via NUS Libraries’ subscription) with Google Scholar.
- Do a search first in Google Scholar. For example, try this search. You will see a list of search results.
2. Before clicking on any result, on the Google Scholar search result page, add the proxy by clicking on the proxy bookmarklet. Login if necessary. The resulting page may look similar, except you can now see "Findit@nuslibraries" links next to items we are able to identify as within NUS Libraries' online subscriptions. Click on "Findit@nuslibraries" link if you see it to get full-text
3. This identification of availability of full-text is not 100% accurate, if no "Findit@nuslibraries" link appears next to the result you can try clicking on the title in Google Scholar. This will bring you directly to the publisher site with the proxy applied (without further use of the proxy bookmarklet) and in some cases you may have access.
Above shows an example, where no Findit@NUSLibraries link appears, but if you click on the title, you are able to access full-text via our proxy automatically. Do note that the fact that proxy is added to a site does not imply we definitely have access. For example, we do not have every article subscribed to in Wiley.
- If after using the proxy, you don't see any Findit@NUSLibraries links at all, even for articles that definitely are available, it may be due to a conflict with the Google Scholar settings you have already set with your Google account. Try to log out of your Google Account first and clear browser before trying again.