About Google Scholar

Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com) is a powerful, free search engine that indexes scholarly articles, books, theses, dissertations, pre-prints, reports, and patents across disciplines, time periods, and languages. 

Anyone can search Google Scholar, but many of the items in its results lists are locked behind a paywall. You can bypass the paywall by telling Google Scholar to provide links that will work for Villanova students, staff, and faculty members from on or off campus. Follow the instructions below to set up your Google Scholar "library links" preferences.

For more information on this useful resource and for search tips, visit Google Scholar's help pages.

Linking to Falvey Library Resources in Google Scholar

At the Google Scholar homepage, sign in and then click the hamburger icon in the upper left-hand corner, to the left of My profile.  


In the expanded menu, click on Settings.


At the Scholar Settings screen, click Library Links.


Type "Villanova" into the search box and click the search icon.


Check off the options that are displayed for Villanova. Then click SAVE.


When you do a search, check the right-hand column of the results screen for links to the full text item.

In some cases, you will see a link to a direct source for the item, such as a university, scientific organization, or journal publisher (e.g., [HTML] sciencedirect.com and [PDF] ucsd.edu above); try that link first.

In some cases, the only option will be the Click here for full text linkThis link will bring you to Falvey's Full Text Finder menu, which will allow you to access either the document or the journal in which it appears. Select the Click here for full text link to see a list of library-subscribed databases and resources that provide content from that journal.

Select one that includes the publication date of your item, and navigate to the desired item from there.

What if Villanova does not have access to the item?

If you don't see a Click here for full text link or another link to the item, you can still place an Interlibrary Loan request. To access that menu, click the >> icon beneath the item's listing.


This will expand the listing to reveal a link labeled Search for full text.


Click that link, and you will be brought to a Full Text Finder page that offers the option to place an Interlibrary Loan request.


Click that link and follow the steps on the screen to submit your request. You will be notified when the item is available for download; this usually takes a day or two.

If you ever need to check the library’s electronic holdings for a journal, the best approach is usually to do a search in the Journal Finder. Feel free to review our how-to guide on Using Journal and Article Finder.

Showing Export Links for EndNote and Other Citation Managers

Go to Scholar Settings by clicking the hamburger icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

There are options for Bibliography Manager at the bottom of the main Settings page. Select the second button to "Show links to import citations" and choose your preferred citation manager from the dropdown box.


If you are a Zotero user, you can skip this step and simply use the Zotero browser connector to import citations. Alternately, you can select RefMan from the Google Scholar options, and you will see "Import into RefMan" next to each item on your results list. Click that link to import the data about the item into your Zotero library.

Save your preferences by clicking the Save button at the bottom of the page.