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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Google for Academic Research

A guide on techniques for researchers to increase their skills with Google's various search options.

Connect Your Account

Google Scholar often prompts you to pay for full text articles. In many cases these articles are freely accessible to U of I affiliates through one of the Library's many subscription databases or journals. You can use Google Scholar's Library Links feature to identify yourself as a University of Illinois affiliate. This allows you to find full text library resources directly through Google Scholar results.

This is what Google Scholar search results look like when you're off-campus and haven't yet identified yourself as a University of Illinois affiliate:

Example of Google Scholar search for the word marmosets

Note: If you're using Google Scholar from an on-campus computer, the Discover UIUC Full Text links will display automatically without any special configuration.

  • To identify yourself as a University of Illinois affiliate, go to Settings at the the top of the Google Scholar search screen, then select Library links.
  •  Search for University of Illinois and select the "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Discover UIUC Full Text" checkbox.
  • Make sure this box is checked and click Save.

Google Scholar Library search

  • Now, when you run searches in Google Scholar, you should see a link More below the results. Click on this link to see more options, like a cached view of the website or searching the university's print resources.

This is what Google Scholar search results will look like if you are connect your account to the University Library:

Screenshot of a search displaying the "Discover Full-Text UIUC" link next to the results.


Please note that, even if you don't see a Discover link next to an article, it doesn't mean that we don't have it! The University of Illinois Library has access to thousands of journals online and in print, and not all of them are accessible through Discover. If you need help locating a particular article that you found through Google Scholar, please Ask a Librarian.