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What is my screen resolution and how do I change it?

Screen resolution means the number of pixels displayed on your computer screen. This affects the amount of information that can be displayed on your screen.

For example, a 1280 x 1024 display has 1280 pixels from side to side and 1024 from top to bottom.

The higher the resolution of your screen, the more information can be displayed. You may imagine that as your resolution increases, it’s like zooming out of the screen, so any open windows look smaller but you can see more of them.

How can I tell what my current screen resolution is?
You can find this information via your settings (see below) or visit http://www.whatismyscreenresolution.com.

How to change your screen resolution

Go to Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Display
Slide the slider labelled “Screen resolution” left to make the resolution less, and right to make it go higher.
Click OK to save your changes
You may be asked if you wish to restart your computer. This is not necessary for your changes to take effect.

Go to Apple > System Preferences > Display
From the list of Resolutions, choose the value you want
Close the Display window

How to clear your browser’s cache

Internet Explorer:
1. Close all other open browser windows.
2. Click the ‘Tools’ menu at the top of your browser, and select ‘Internet Options.’
3. Click the ‘General’ tab at the top of the dialogue box.
4. Click ‘Delete Files’ under ‘Temporary Internet files.’
5. Select ‘Delete all offline content’ by checking the box.
6. Click ‘OK.’

Mozilla Firefox:
1. Close all other open browser windows.
2. Click the ‘Tools’ menu at the top of your browser, and select ‘Options.’
3. Click ‘Privacy.’
4. Click ‘Clear’ next to ‘Cache.’
5. Click ‘OK.’

Mozilla Netscape:
1. Close all other open browser windows.
2. Click the ‘Edit’ menu at the top of your browser, and select ‘Preferences.’
3. Click the ‘+’ next to ‘Advanced.’
4. Select ‘Cache’ under ‘Advanced.’
5. Click ‘Clear Cache.’
6. Click ‘OK.’

1. Close all other open browser windows.
2. Open the ‘Safari’ menu on your browser’s toolbar.
3. Select ‘Empty Cache.’
4. Click ‘Empty’ in the dialogue box.


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.

Sounds good?

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…

How to…

Visit: scholar.google.com

First of all, you’ll need to set your ‘Scholar Preferences’…


Click here for 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

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

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.