Google Scholar is a search tool that identifies scholarly research materials. It currently is most useful in the sciences and health sciences. Google Scholar can be used to identify some of the articles in journals that the UW Libraries subscribes to. To find additional articles, use the research databases identified as most useful for your subject.
How will I know whether the UW has access to articles I find?
We recommend that you search Google Scholar via the UW Libraries. When you search Google Scholar this way you will automatically see the "Check for Full-Text @ UW" links and have access to articles already paid for by the Libraries.
How can I see "Check for Full-Text @ UW" links and access the fulltext of articles from off-campus? There are three ways:
Go to Google Scholar:
Click on the "Scholar Preferences" link shown on the right of the search box.
In the Library Links box, search for "University of Washington Libraries."
Click the check-box beside "University of Washington Libraries - Check for Full-Text @ UW" and then click "Save Preferences."
What should I do if I donít see a "Check for Full-Text @ UW" link for an article I want?
Google Scholar does not always know when the UW Libraries has a journal. Search the UW Libraries Catalog for the journal name to check if we have a printed or electronic version of the journal. For Health
Sciences journals also check the HealthLinks ejournals page for other
What should I do if I'm asked to pay for the full text?
Never pay for articles!
First check and see if there is a "Check for Full-Text @ UW" link. If there is one, use the UW Libraries Proxy Bookmarklet to link to the fulltext if connecting from off campus.
If there is no "Check for Full-Text @ UW" link, search the UW Libraries Catalog for the journal name to check if we have a printed or electronic version of the journal.