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Using OneSearch and Off Campus Access to Library Resources

Topic guide that provides tips for using OneSearch and Accessing Licensed Resources from Off-Campus

Access Google Scholar With Kennedy Library Linking for More Powerful and Efficient Searching

Google Scholar allows you to simultaneously search scholarly content across many disciplines, databases, and information sources.  Results can include books, articles, chapters, conference proceedings, and more. The interface typically displays when associated content is available in pdf through some open source.

However, in Google Scholar you can ALSO easily get to library-licensed content as you search!  How do you do this?  There are two ways: 

  • Easiest: Always connect to Google Scholar via the library website, either from the Databases List or from a Research Guide.
  • Alternative: On Google Scholar, under Scholar Preferences, you can manually set your Google Scholar Library Links. Note: You will be directed through the university portal before accessing subscribed resources.  

By either of these methods, when you search Google Scholar, if an item is available the name of the database will display to the right of the result and you can access it there.  

And, even when an item is not available directly, you can make use of the Get It At Cal Poly button, which will take you (via OneSearch) to Interlibrary Loan. 

Note: The Get it at Cal Poly button is sometimes very obvious, but sometimes coyly hides below the result under the two >>   So click on the >> and often Get it at Cal Poly will magically appear.  That will then direct you to OneSearch, and if not available there, to an ILL form.

The annotated screenshot below highlights some of these powerful features.  Springer, ScienceDirect, and tandfononline (Taylor and Francis) are all scholarly database platforms.  Note, if you see both a Get it At Cal Poly button and a database name, click on the database name for quickest access. And don't forget, if you use the Get It At Cal Poly Button, be sure to sign into OneSearch when prompted if you didn't already!   

                     Image of Google Scholar Search With Arrows Pointing to Full Text Content For Results