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Smart Search Tips to Save You Time: Get the Most out of Google Scholar

Why do you still need a librarian when “everything” is online? It’s because librarians are experts in showing you how to retrieve the reliable and scholarly information you need from the endless possibilities the Internet offers. Watch this space for regular time-saving data searching suggestions and secrets that only librarians know! Please Ask Us if there’s a particular searching dilemma you’d like us to cover.

Get the Most out of Google Scholar

Did you know you can turn Google Scholar into a super search engine that will allow you to access the full text of the library’s journal articles, even from off campus? Just set the following options:

· Go to Google Scholar:

· Click Settings.

Click “Library Links” and type “Villanova” into the search box. Then click the search icon. When options are displayed, be sure to check off “Villanova University – Click here for full text.” (Sometimes other options are also displayed, but “Click here for full text” is the most useful.) Then click “Save.”

Now when you do a search, look for the “Click here for full text” link. Click it, and at the next screen, click the Article link. You will be able to access the full text of the article, even from off-campus!


Bonus tip: Want to retrieve the most recent articles? Try the publication-date options on the left-hand side of your results page.




Barbara Quintiliano is a nursing and life sciences liaison and an instructional services librarian. Contact her at 610-519-5207 or by email.




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Last Modified: February 4, 2014

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