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February 2, 2009

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…


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.
5 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna Martin permalink
    June 13, 2009 12:15

    I was hoping to find out who if anyone can access the entire texts of Oxford held journals that have been digitized by Google. The digitised versions are not listed on COPAC. Info please! Thanks

  2. Johnny Fill permalink
    January 6, 2010 16:21

    I am an Oxford student (Trinity College, Department of Materials, 1st year DPhil) working off-campus and I cannot get Google Scholar to work using this feature. I follow the suggested steps and search for “Oxford”, but when the resulting tick-boxes are displayed, there is not an option for “Find it @ Oxford”. There IS the option “University of Oxford – Full Text@IngentaConnect”, but this box is “greyed out” and cannot be selected. Google Scholar help pages paradoxically do not help. I’d be grateful for your advice.


  3. oxferesources permalink
    January 7, 2010 14:00

    This service is currently unavailable; we have contacted the provider and it should be restored on Monday 11th January.

  4. Christian permalink
    January 12, 2010 14:20

    It still doesn’t seem to be working though. I have just encountered the same problem as Johnny.

  5. oxferesources permalink
    January 14, 2010 11:53

    This has now been restored. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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