Answered By: Tim Leonard
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2020     Views: 26

Google Scholar is a popular academic search engine. To get the best experience using Google Scholar, you can link it to the Library's holdings. This will make it much easier to access the full text of articles that you find on Google Scholar.

Setting up Library Links

To set up links to the University of Bolton Library, you need a Google account. Sign into Google Scholar with your Google account. 

Click on the Settings option. 

Screenshot of the settings option in Google Scholar

Then, select Library Links. Search for "Bolton". 

Screenshot of the Library Links page in Google Scholar

A number of matching results may be shown. Tick the following two options:

  • University of Bolton - Discover@Bolton
  • The University of Bolton - ProQuest Fulltext

Library Links page in Google Scholar, with results for Bolton shown

Then click Save

Now when you run a search on Google Scholar, links will be shown to the right of each result, showing if it can be accessed via the University of Bolton. Click on the link, log in with your University of Bolton username and password, and you'll be able to access the full text. 

Article result from Google Scholar, with the Discover@Bolton link shown on the right

If articles you find via Google Scholar do not show a link, it would still be worth copying the title into Discover to double check if we have access. If we don't subscribe to an article that you want to access, it may be possible to request it via Inter-Library Loan.

Google Scholar does not feature many options for refining or sorting your results. For more options, consider using Discover@Bolton or a Subject Database. If you need help searching for information, you can contact the Academic Librarians via SubjectHelp@bolton.ac.uk or book an online appointment