You can customize Google Scholar to include full-text links to journal articles and other electronic resources available through the University of Montevallo library.
If you are on campus, Google Scholar will recognize you as a Montevallo student, faculty, or staff member and will automatically link you to the full text. Just go to Google Scholar and start searching.
If you are accessing Google Scholar from off-campus, you will need to first activate Google Scholar’s Library Links. Follow the steps below for this one-time set-up process.
Go to Google Scholar search page.
Sign-in to your Google account, if you are not already signed in.
Click on the left menu button and then click Settings .
Select Library links and search for Montevallo.
Check University of Montevallo – Full-text@UM in the search results.
Search for and check Open WorldCat - Library Search, if it's not already showing.
Then click Save.
When full-text is available through the UM library, you will see the Full-text@UM link to the right of the result listing.
After you have configured Google Scholar to connect with UM's library, you can access full-text articles and place interlibrary loan requests from within the search engine. Watch the brief video below to see how this works. Then scroll to read more about interlibrary loan and off-campus access.
While interlibrary loan was described earlier, if you want to learn more about this service, visit the library's interlibrary loan guide. It contains information about creating a free account, placing requests for articles, and more. And please be advised that access to the articles is not immediate. It could take a few days to a week or two for you to receive a copy of the article from the lending library.
If you are accessing Google Scholar off-campus, the first time you click to access full-text or place a full-text request for an article, you will see the log-in screen below. When you see this, simply log-in with your UM username and password (the same log-in used for Canvas). Once logged in, you will automatically be directed to either the full-text article or a pre-filled interlibrary loan request form as described earlier.
A good Google Scholar strategy is to try multiple searches, adjusting your keywords with each search. Google Scholar is very similar to Google, so you can use these search terms in a regular Google search as well.
For more complex searches, try Google Scholar’s Advanced Search page. To access the advanced search option, follow these steps:
The advanced search allows you to search more precisely.
Look for the star icon found below the article to save it to "My Library". You must be logged into Google to use this feature. If you are not, you will be prompted to log-in.
You can access the articles you save by clicking on the top right corner of the screen. Or you can click the menu icon on the left corner of the screen, and then select "My Library" from the menu options.
Do you want to keep up with the latest research in your field of study? Email alerts tell Google Scholar to periodically email you newly published papers that match your search criteria.
To sign up for email alerts:
Use the Cited by link to find articles and books that cite a specific article.
The cited by feature is a great way to find more recent articles and to trace an idea from its original source up to the present.
You can also click the Related articles link, the next link after "Cited by", to view articles that Google has identified as being related to the original article.