February 05, 2007

Make Google Scholar search Warwick's collection: print & online!

Writing about web page http://scholar.google.com

Thanks to those who commented on my last blog posting. You suggested that we make Google Scholar work with us… here’s how you can do that…

Below are some instructions as e-mailed to me by our electronic resources librarian. I think it has great potential, but I find it a little frustrating that once set up, when I do a search on Google Scholar there are precious few “Get This in Print” links in the results, and often they come up with no results either!

However, it is much better than nothing as a way of reaching the resources that the library has bought on behalf of its staff and students. Also, I find the “Library Search” link comes up quite often and that is good at linking through to our catalogue.

Go to Google Scholar ( http://scholar.google.com )
Click on “Scholar Preferences”
in “Library Links” box, type Warwick & click “Find Library”.
Tick the box against “University of Warwick Library (Warwick access)“
Save Preferences

Go & do a Google Scholar search  
Where ” Get This in Print at ” appears it means you can pass the link into WebBridge.
What’s the advantage ?
1.The WebBridge link lets you to authenticate with your Barcode & Pin. If you just click on the Google direct link, off campus users will find themselves locked out from fulltext
2. WebBridge will check the Google record against our holdings & only offer the link if we have access.
3. WebBridge (if it gets sufficient data) will offer to look the reference up in our web catalogue so can display print copies. 
Google only trawls our files once a week to pick up changes.

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