How do I access journal articles from Google Scholar?


If you are on campus, Google Scholar should recognise this and automatically give you access to the full-text of journal articles if the university library has a subscription.

If you are off-campus, Google Scholar does not automatically recognise you as a member of the university. This can lead to you hitting 'paywalls' and being unable to access full-text journal articles. You can improve your experience by setting up Library Links in Google Scholar.

  • Go to Google Scholar 
  • Click on 'Menu' (the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner)
  • Click on 'Settings.
  • Click on 'Library Links'
  • Type 'Leicester' into the searchbar and perform the search
  • Select the tickbox options relating to University of Leicester
  • Click on 'Save'

You can then continue to search Google Scholar as normal. In the results list, you will see an additional option to ViewIt@Leicester. Click this and you will be redirected back to Library Search, and given options to login with your university IT username and password to view any full-text item.

Google Scholar will also find results from journals and other resources that the university library does not have access to. If this occurs, you can request a copy of the item using our Document Supply service. 

  • Last Updated Oct 18, 2022
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  • Answered By Matt Thompson

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