Wednesday, 16 February 2011

How to link to electronic journal articles (held by ECU) directly from Google Scholar search results

Google Scholar is a search engine that indexes the content of scholarly material published on the internet and in electronic books and journals.

Google Scholar has made arrangements with a number of publishers to allow the Google spider robots to index the content of the publisher's books and journals. But not all publishers have agreed to allow Google access to their content — a great deal of scholarly literature is still only available through the various databases and web sites to which the Library subscribes.

When you use Google Scholar on-campus (within ECU's IP range), a link to Find It @ ECU automatically appears against every citation. (If you are off-campus, you need to go into Scholar Preferences to set up the library links - see instructions below).

If we hold the electronic fulltext of the article, the Find It @ ECU link will appear to the right of the citation (For example, the first citation below). If we don't hold fulltext, the Find It @ ECU link is at the bottom of the citation. (For example, the second citation below).

Click on the 'Find It @ ECU' link to locate databases which provide the article in fulltext.

To set up access from off-campus:-
Internet Explorer

  1. Go to Google Scholar and click on Scholar Preferences

  2. Under 'Library Links' section, type 'Edith Cowan University' in the search box and click 'Find Library' button.

  3. Click checkbox in 'Library Links' section for Edith Cowan University Find It @ ECU. (Ignore any entry for Edith Cowan University - FullText@IngentaConnect)

  4. Click 'Save Preferences' button

Mozilla Firefox

  1. In order for the journal article link to appear in Mozilla Firefox, users have to install a browser extension:-Click here to download the extension. If Firefox brings up an installation prompt, click "Install". If it asks you if you want to open or save the file, open the file with Firefox as the application. Alternatively, you can save the file to disk and drag it on to the Firefox window.

  2. Restart the browser, and the extension is installed!

  3. Enter ECU's linking information. The first time you restart the browser after installing the extension, the following configuration window will appear. This needs to be completed as in the screenshot below:

  4. You can choose to display the local library link as text or an image. Select one of these options, and specify either the text to be displayed (example above) or a URL pointing to the desired imageMore information about the extension is available at

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