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Google Scholar: Accessing Articles

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Getting Access to Articles Found in Google Scholar

When you find an article in Google Scholar search results, click on the link to "Full Text @ American U" to the right of the citation.

  • If AU has access to the article from a single provider, the article will open
  • If AU has access to the article from multiple sources, the AU Library Search record open and you can click on any of the links there to access the article
  • "[PDF]..." links will also often (but not always) give you access to full text.

If there are no links in Google Scholar, AU Library may still provide access to the article:

  • Click on the quotation marks link underneath the Google Scholar citation
  • Make note of the article citation information, including author, article title, journal title, publication date, and journal issue date, volume, and/or number, and page numbers
  • Visit the library homepage, https://www.american.edu/library/
    • Look in the column entitled Research Resources and click on the link to "Find Journals"
    • Search for the journal title there
    • Click on the journal title in the results list
    • Visit the link that lists the appropriate coverage dates
    • Search for the article on the journal's webpage
      • If a search for the article title or author is unproductive, try browsing to the appropriate year, volume, and issue