1. Instructions to set up Find It! links in Google Scholar
Google Scholar results will link you directly to the ejournal but you will not have access to the full-text, as you will not have authenicated via NUS Libraries subscriptions.
One way around the problem is to use the proxy bookmarklet method , which usually works but there may be issues.
The other way is to use the Google Scholar Library Links programme which we are registered with. You will need to set it up.
Below is the official method, an unofficial method involves bookmarking the following URL and searching from there.
1. Go to settings in Google Scholar (note Google like to moves the preference link around a lot)
2. Click on Library Links on the left, and on the resulting screen search for NUS , select it and click save.
3. When you do the search you will see "Find it! @NUS Libraries" Link next to it.
2. What if there is no Find it! @NUS Libraries link?
We give Google Scholar, our holdings of electronic journals, so it will dynamically display the link only if we have access to the it online.
However, as Google Scholar is a free tool, this matching isn't perfect and the link may fail to display next to articles that we may have access. Also, Google Scholar is unable to identify if we have the article in print.
To cover such cases and to confirm if we really do have access, you can look for the "check library holdings" link which may be under the More.tab:
If that does not get you to the full-text online, refer to the following trouble-shooting steps.
Proxy bookmarklet vs Findit@NUSLibraries + Google Scholar
Both the proxy bookmarklet and Findit@NUSLibraries method can be used to access full-text from Google Scholar but they have different strengths & weaknesses.
1. The Proxy bookmarklet is used when you are already on the publisher, ejournal page and you are asked to login or pay. As such it can be used regardless of the source, for example via Google, Google Scholar, from a link in a email, blog etc. With Findit@NUSLibraries the button or link only appears for sources that support this feature which includes Google Scholar, PubMed, Scopus etc but not Google.
2. The proxy bookmarklet may fail to find full-text even if the library has full-text online. This is because while the library may not have access to the online on the particular site you are on (and hence adding the proxy fails), you may have access via another site. The Findit@NUSLibraries link will instead intellgently query our holdings and send you to the right site that we have access to (assuming of course we do have it online).
For example if you search for "Development of reliable and valid short forms of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale" in Google Scholar, it might bring you to http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1982-08895-001 , adding the proxy here will not work because we do not have access it here.
On the top other hand, clicking on Find it@NUSLibraries, it will intelligently route you to the right site for the full-text.
3. On the other hand, Find it@NUS Libraries might be more vulnerable to broken links or missing full-text for other reasons such as error in holdings, meta-data errors etc. The proxy bookmarklet method isn't supported on some sites.
Both methods can be used in combination depending on the situation.