If you’re just Googling everything, you might often find yourself unable to get access to some very useful articles. You could go to our eJournals page and look up the journal title and click through that way…or, you could stop using Google and start using Google Scholar.
Google Scholar works a lot like Google, but instead of indexing the whole web, it’s full of scholarly articles. From their website blurb:
Google Scholar covers peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and other scholarly literature from all broad areas of research. You’ll find works from a wide variety of academic publishers and professional societies, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. Google Scholar may also include multiple versions of an article, possibly preliminary, which you may be able to access.
Behind the scenes, we’re letting Google Scholar have a look at our electronic holdings, so that you don’t have to keep checking back with the OU eJournals homepage. There’ll be links for full text right there in your search results, for everything that we’re subscribed to.
And, if you’re working off-campus, clicking through will let you sign in with your SSO to authenticate. All in one easy step…
First of all, you’ll need to set your ‘Scholar Preferences’…
Click here for preferences
Once you’ve clicked through, you can set a number of searching and results display options, but the most important thing to do is to set up the “Library Links”.
Set up Library Links here
All you need to do is search for Oxford and then check the box next to “Oxford University – Oxford Full Text“.
Save your Scholar Preferences at the bottom of the page and that’s it!
Now when you search in Google Scholar, you’ll be able to get straight through to anything you’re entitled to access as part of the university. Look for links like this:
Click for full text
Clicking on these full text links will give you the familiar OU eJournals pop-up window, so you can see where you are entitled to access full text from. Remember there might be more than one location and you should check the date ranges associated with each one…
If you’re off-campus, any click to full text from the OU eJournals window will prompt you for your SSO login details, so we know you’re a university member and let you access what you’re entitled to.