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Research Toolkit: Use Google Scholar

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How do I access K Library's articles when I find them Google Scholar?


In Google Scholar, add Kalamazoo College Library in the "Library Links" settings. Once you set and save the "Library Links" setting, you can link to K's library resources when you find them in Google Scholar.

Here's how to do it:


1. Click on the three bars at the upper left to open the Options Menu on Google Scholar.

arrow pointing to hamburger menu

2. Open Settings       Arrow pointing at Google Scholar Settings Menu

3. Click on "Library links":

Arrow to Library Links

4. Type "Kalamazoo College" into the search box and click the search icon.

Type in "Kalamazoo College"

5. Check all of the Kalamazoo College & WorldCat boxes. Then click Save.

All library boxes checked

6. Now you can link to K Library's resources. In Google Scholar search results, look for links to "Get it @ K College" (Note: Sometimes the link is labeled with the database name and not "Get it @ K College" - when a link appears on the right side of the page, you should have full-text access).

Get it @ K access point highlighted

7. If you are off campus and trying to access library articles through Google Scholar, you will need to enter your K College username and password.

Making Google Scholar Work for You

1. Why does the "Get it @ K College" link appear next to some articles but not others? 

Google Scholar displays this link after comparing the source to the Library's full text subscriptions. Google Scholar does not know when our library has the print version, nor can it match an incomplete source citation. If the article is not available for free on the web, be sure to search Library OneSearch to see if K Library has access to the article.

2. Is everything in Google Scholar free?

No. Many Google Scholar citations link to the journal publishers' web sites, and most charge a fee for access. However, K Library subscribes to many the same or similar resources, and they can be accessed through Library OneSearch.

3. How comprehensive is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar searches open access materials as well as journals from many publishers. However, Google Scholar searches only a fraction of the published scholarly literature. Use Library OneSearch and library databases to search for more full-text sources accessible without a fee.

4. How do I search by author, limit to a specific publication, or limit to a date range in Google Scholar?

Use Advanced Search (found in the hamburger menu) which allows for author, publication title, and date range searching.

Google Scholar Advanced Search highlighted


google scholar advanced search