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Google Scholar can be used to search for scholarly information on the internet, including articles, books, conference papers, and theses. Some subject areas have better coverage than others. It is particularly good for finding grey literature and official reports. Your results from Google Scholar, however, may not provide access to the full-text.

Using the Google Scholar Button or Google Scholar's Library Links will ensure you don’t miss any relevant academic literature for your research.

What is the Google Scholar Button?

Adding the Google Scholar (GS) button to your browser lets you check GS quickly from any article page to see if you may have subscription access or another Open Access version may be available. 

To use the GS button effectively, you must have University of Lincoln set up in the Library Links section of account settings on Google Scholar. 

Example of Google Scholar Button showing available academic articles from normal Google search


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What is Library Links?

Library Links are article-level links to subscription full text for users affiliated with a library. This works best for electronic resources, such as journal and conference articles.

You can set up the Library Links function in Google Scholar so that it will recognise when the University of Lincoln has subscribed access to an article and provide a “Find Full Text” article link.

It will also give you links where the article is freely accessible elsewhere, such as a repository, ResearchGate or the Government website.

The generic “Find Full Text” links are where the University of Lincoln has access. Click on this link to be directed to the full text via the Library. You may be requested to login using your University credentials if you have not already done so.


Google Scholar search results with “Find Full Text” links

*N.B. You do not need to download the Google Scholar button in order to use Library Links. However, you do need to set-up Library Links in order to use the Google Scholar button.

How do I set-up Library Links on Google Scholar?

Library Links must be set-up in order for the Google Scholar Button to work. For more information on how to set-up Library Links on Google Scholar, see our FAQ:- 

How to set-up Library Links on Google Scholar

How do I download the Google Scholar Button?

Check out your browser's add-ons/extensions page or web store to see if the Google Scholar Button is available for your browser.

Download Google Scholar Button (Chrome Web Store)

What are the benefits of Google Scholar Button?

It gives easy access to GS from any web page:-

- Transfer your query from web search to Scholar. Press the Scholar button to see top three results; click "full screen" at the bottom of the popup to see them all.

- Find full text on the web or in your university library. Select the title of the paper on the page you're reading, and click the Scholar button to find it.

- Format references in widely used citation styles. Press the quote button below the result to see a formatted reference and copy it into the paper you're writing.

- Save the article to your Scholar library, so you can read it or cite it later.