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Google Scholar is the academic version of Google. It allows you to search for scholarly literature (journal articles, books, patents) from a variety of sources, including academic publishers, professional societies, and online repositories.

It is unclear which publishers are included in Google Scholar, so it shouldn't be used as your only source for a comprehensive literature search. For references to reliable, academic sources search our Summon discovery service or databases covering your subject.

Links to full-text

You can set your preferences on Google Scholar to show links to full-text articles in any of our e-journals.

  1. Click on the three lines on the top left of the home screen.
  2. Select 'Settings'.
  3. Select 'Library Links' on the left of the screen.
  4. In the search box type 'Reading' and select the 'Reading University Library - Full-Text @ Reading' option.
  5. Save your settings.

When you do a search, look for a 'Full-Text @ Reading' link to the right of references in your results list. This indicates that we have a subscription which will give you access to the article.

Click on this link to access the full-text.

If the 'Full-text @ Reading' link does not appear next to a reference it indicates that it isn't covered by our subscriptions and you probably won't be able to access the article.

If you are off-campus you will need to login to access the articles. You will usually be prompted to login as soon as you click on the link to the article. If this doesn't happen you will need to look for an institutional or shibboleth login link once you reach the journal's website. For more guidance see Accessing e-journals.

Google Scholar Button

Google have produced a plugin for Chrome, Firefox and Safari which allows you to easily search for and cite articles. Highlight the title of an article in the page you are reading and then click the Scholar button and it will search for the article on Google Scholar in a pop up window. To get a formatted reference for a search result press the quote button next to it and the reference will appear in three different styles.

To make the most of this tool set up the University of Reading as a 'Library Link' using the instructions above.

Help & guidance

Contact your subject liaison librarian for advice on using this resource.

EndNote info

  • Desktop EndNote - Direct export
    To show 'Import into EndNote' links under each result, go into 'Settings' and in the 'Bibliography manager' section select 'EndNote'.  When looking at your results, click on 'Import into EndNote' to transfer the details into your EndNote library.

Multiple citations can be transferred to both EndNote Web and EndNote Desktop. You will need to sign in with a Google account to do this.

  1. In the search results list, click the star icon next to any items you want to transfer.
  2. Click 'My library' in the top right-hand corner.
  3. Select your items and click 'Export', then select 'EndNote'. Your citations will be saved as an .enw file.
  4. In EndNote Web, select 'EndNote Import' as the Import Option. In EndNote Desktop, open the .enw file to transfer the citations to your library.


Note: Google Scholar does not give full references or full-text links such as DOIs. Other databases can provide fuller information.

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