Google Scholar Search

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Getting Full Text of Articles from A Google Scholar Search

Via an article linking service which we now provide, you are able now able to get to full text of articles cited in a Google Scholar search provided that the Library has access rights to the article, either via a subscription to the online journal in which the article appeared or via a subscription to an aggregate database (such as Ebsco's Academic Search Premier) which contains the full text of the article.

To do this, you will have to make some changes to the Google Scholar preferences:

Setting Google Scholar Preferences

Go to Google Scholar ( At this site, click the Scholar Preferences link next to the search button.


At the Preferences page, set Montclair State as your institution of preference by typing in "Montclair State" (without the quotation marks) in the Institutional Access box and then clicking the "Save Preferences" box. Before you click on "Save Preferences" make sure you type a carrier return, or press the "Find Library" button (thanks to Susan Hussein for this tip). In some cases, this preference is already set because Google Scholar recognizes the IP address as an MSU one.

After setting Montclair State as your institution of preference, go back to the Google Scholar search page and type in your search terms into the search box.

Making Sense of the Results Page

Articles available via a Sprague Library subscription will display either a "Full-Text@Sprague" link or a "Resources@Sprague" link. Most of the times, clicking the link will take you to the full text of the article.


There are several things that can happen by clicking the "Full-Text@Sprague" link or the "Resources@Sprague" link.

  1. The article linking service will take you directly to the full text of the article or a web page from which you can get the article, if it is available from a Sprague Library database and that database supports this type (Open URL) of linking.  If you are off-campus and have not used authenticated yourself via the proxy server, you will be asked to do so before getting to the full text.

  1. The article linking service will take you to an intermediary page with a link to the article.  Click the link to get to the full text of the article,

Helpful Hint
You can see if the full text of the article is available in another database to which Sprague Library subscribes by clicking the "additional resources related to this citation" link at the top (in case you want it in another format, such as pdf rather than html). Use the link at the top when you get a message back that says a link cannot be provided for this article (for example, a message such as "CrossRef is unable to provide a link to the article you requested.").

Clicking the "additional resources related to this citation" link is also helpful when you get an error message.

  1. In some cases, you will not go directly to the article, but will be taken to an intermediary page that contains a link to the article.  Click the "Article" link to go to the full text of the article.

  1. Some databases do not support OpenURL linking at the article level (such as Project Muse, the database that provides the full text of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and the Lexis Nexis Academic Universe database).  In those cases, the article linking service will take you to a page that allows you to search for the article at the periodical (journal, magazine, or newspaper) level.  Use the citation information provided by Google Scholar to find the article by searching for the volume and issue in which it appears.

  1. If the full text of an article is not available in a Sprague Library database, you will see a page from our article linking service that will give you other options to follow, including a link to our interlibrary loan forms (to ask the Library to get a copy of the article from another library, if it is not available from Sprague Library).

You can also search the New Jersey Union List of Serials to see if the periodical is available at another library in New Jersey (Rutgers and Princeton do not participate in this program).

Very Helpful Hint: Try This Before Giving Up or Using Interlibrary Loan
Because there are technical reasons why a query from GoogleScholar to our article linking service and then to all our databases could go wrong, we encourage you to check the online Periodicals Holdings List just to make sure that the article you need is not available from Sprague Library.  The List is available at:

Finding Books Found in A Google Scholar Search

As you know, Google Scholar will provide references to more than articles and not all the articles which are cited in a search are only available from a Sprague Library database (some are hosted on sites free to anyone to use).  These are other types of materials found in a Google Scholar search:

Citations to books on a topic will have [Book] next to the citation.  At the end of a citation, there will be a Web Search and a Library Search  link.  Clicking the Web Search link will bring up web pages about the book.

Clicking the Library Search link and then providing information about your location (such as your zip code) will tell you which libraries near your have the book (we do not participate in this program).

[BOOK] Bonds of pluralism: the form and substance of urban social networks
EO Laumann - 1973 - New York, J. Wiley
Cited by 49 - Web Search - Library Search

What is searchable in Google Scholar?

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for all types of scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, patents and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.


Please contact Steven Shapiro if you have any questions or suggestions about this page or about finding the full text of MSU supplied articles in Google Search.

Last updated: Nov. 8, 2010