Connect Google Scholar and the UT Libraries

Connect Google Scholar and the UT Libraries


This tutorial will walk you through the
process of configuring Google Scholar to work with your UT Libraries account. Now
you may be asking, “why would I want to do that?” To answer, let’s first look at
Google Scholar without connecting it to UT Libraries. Google Scholar is a
specialized search tool for finding academic journal articles and other
scholarly sources. You can access Google Scholar at scholar.google.com. It works
the same way regular Google does. Just type in a search phrase, like volunteer
motivation, and click the search icon. And you’ll get a list of results. Sometimes
you’ll see links to free copies of these articles online or as PDF files, but not
always. Especially if you’re conducting your search from an off-campus computer.
Some of the results will link you to restricted sites that won’t let you get
the article unless you were a subscriber or unless you’re willing to pay for
access. However, before you pay for a subscription to view the article, try
linking Google Scholar and the UT Libraries. Many of the articles you’ll
find in your results list are available from journals and databases the UT
Libraries subscribes to. And there’s no need to buy an article that’s already
available for free to UT students, faculty, and staff. So that answers the
‘why’ you would want to configure your Google Scholar to work with the UT
Libraries, now here’s the ‘how’ you do it. Also, just a quick note, if you’re on
campus and connected to the university’s Wi-Fi, Google Scholar and the UT
Libraries may automatically sync. Meaning you won’t have to take any of these
further actions. However, if that’s not the case, you can get to Google Scholar
directly at scholar.google.com. You can also get there from the UT Libraries
home page at lib.utk.edu. There, you will find a link to Google
Scholar. Once you’re on the Google Scholar search page, click on the three
horizontal lines at the top left of the page, which are sometimes called the
hamburger button. Then select Settings. And finally Library
Links under the Search Results heading. In the Show Library Access Links search
bar, type University of Tennessee and click the Search icon. You’ll get a long
list of options, but the one you’re looking for is called University of
[email protected] Check that box and then hit the Save
button. That’s all it takes. Now when we go back to the main search screen and do
the same search we tried previously, you’ll notice the results screen looks a
little bit different. Next to many of the results, including
the article that asked us to log in or pay for access, you’ll see a new link
labeled [email protected] If we click the title of the article from the
first search, we now have access to the PDF. Now let’s go back to the search
results page for a moment. Instead of clicking on the article title,
let’s click the [email protected] link. This time we’re not taken directly
to the database. Instead, you’ll be taken to the UT Libraries website, which shows
you options to access the article for free. As is the case with this article, it
may be available in multiple databases. Select a database to access the article
online. Off-campus users will be asked to sign in using their NetID and password to
verify their UT affiliation, but once you’ve logged in you should be able to
access a full text copy of the article. Also, bear in mind that UT Libraries
maintains subscriptions to hundreds of full-text journals and databases,
featuring sources that aren’t indexed by Google or Google Scholar. You can explore
these resources from the University Libraries’ homepage by clicking Articles
& Databases. From there, you can search databases by Name, Subject, Type, or even
Popularity. If you’re still having difficulty, or if you need additional
help, select Contact or Chat with Us on the libraries’ homepage. Remember, that
address is lib.utk.edu. From the Contact page, you can ask a librarian
for help finding what you need. Contact the library via email, phone, text, online
chat, or browse through the frequently asked questions.

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