Answered By: Rebecca Oling
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017     Views: 57

To make the "Find It @ Purchase" button appear in Google Scholar, you must set up your library links to display the "Find It @ Purchase" link when off-campus. On-campus users are recognized by their IP and no configuration is needed. Similarly, if you access Google Scholar from the Library's Databases by Title list, you do not need to configure anything--you will be prompted to log in with your Purchase College username and password, as you would any database you are accessing from off-campus.

We recommend always accessing Google Scholar from the Databases by Title list. However, if you would like to configure the "Find It" button in Google Scholar for use off-campus WITHOUT going through our Database by Title list, you may follow these step:

1. Go to Google Scholar
2. Click on the gear in the top, upper right hand  'Search Settings'  (below the black bar)
3. Choose Library Links on the left side of the screen
4. Type "Purchase College, SUNY- FindIt@Purchase" into the "Library access links" box
5. Be sure to check the box and save

You can set up to five libraries doing this. Once set up, the "Find It @ Purchase" link should appear in Google Scholar each time you run a search from off-campus. When you click the "Find It @ Purchase" link, you will see a list of databases that provide access to the full text of the item through Purchase College Library. Click on a database to access the article. Be sure to note the dates of coverage on each.

You will be prompted to login with your Purchase College username and password. Then you will be taken to the article or journal, just as if you were on-campus. Sometimes you may be required to browse for the specific article in an archive or table of contents. Always look for a PDF link to the article.  

For more on locating the full text of articles you find via Google Scholar, see our FAQ on using Find It @ Purchase and our FAQ on Citation Lookup, a tool that helps you find the full text of a article using its citation.

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