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Google Scholar can assist in locating academic literature. It provides details of journal articles, scientific papers, conference proceedings and so on from a variety of sources. In some instances, you will find freely available access to the full text but this is not comprehensive.

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Link to University of Cumbria content

You can set up Google Scholar to provide links to the full text available via the university. Find out how on this video or follow these instructions in Google Scholar:

  • Click on the 3 menu bars - top left
  • Settings
  • Library Links
  • Search for ‘Cumbria’
  • Tick all the options
  • Save (you must have cookies enabled)

You need to do this on each device or computer you use.

Look for the 'Check for full text' links to our content on the right hand side of the results list 

Google Scholar image, Showing links to full text available via the University Library


Libkey Nomad

In addition to the linking above you can also use Libkey Nomad to help you find full text via Google Scholar.

Firstly install the Libkey Nomad extension in your browser.

In Google Scholar - if you click on a title you will go to the publisher's website.  Where we have access to the article an image will pop up bottom left of your screen.  



Onesearch or Google Scholar?

Onesearch searches all of our subscribed content so you should be able to get full text for most of your results (no system is foolproof!) It also has better search and filtering options supporting more efficient searching.

Google Scholar uses Google algorithms to search for academic content across the web. It will often find you more results but it does not have the same filters to narrow down the results and the full text may not be freely available. It is useful for wider searching, for checking if an article is freely available and for tracking down hard to find references. It can also find material from university websites and institutional repositories.

Getting the best out of Google Scholar

No single search system is comprehensive. For the best coverage you need to be aware of and use a variety of sources. Our subject pages can provide you with a good start. To get the best out of Google Scholar read on:

  • Setup links to our full text (see above). If you are using these links you may need to login using Shibboleth/ Institutional option.
  • Install Libkey Nomad
  • Evaluate any free content you find. Free content may not always be of good academic quality. Compare with other literature on that topic.
  • Be aware that publishers make individual articles freely available for short periods of time for marketing purposes. It does not mean that all the content from that journal will be freely available.
  • If a link does not work correctly, go to Onesearch and search for the item or check our Journals A-Z for coverage. Email for assistance if necessary.
  • Employ search tips, such as phrase searching to reduce hits and increase relevance by putting key phrases in speech marks e.g. “digital marketing”

  Google Scholar 2, Search example


  • Click the “Cite” icon to see how to reference an article. The nearest option to Cite them Right is ‘APA’ but you need to edit it using our referencing guides. From this screen you can also transfer your reference to Refworks
  • Set your default to always show Refworks as your referred reference manager. Go to Settings - Bibliography Manager - Set Show links to import citations  to Refworks.

 Using Google Scholar to measure research impact

Google Scholar is one of the tools you can use to check the impact or influence of a paper or article. Where an item has been cited, or referenced by others, you will find a ‘cited by’ option. This shows who has used the item within their paper. Click the ‘cited by’ option to find the reference list for that article and the access options.

Setup an alert to be notified when a paper or article appears in a subsequent one.


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