Optimize Your Chances for Full-Text Access

By Tweaking Your Google Scholar Settings

One simple change can turn Google Scholar into what's effectively a Harvard database -- with links to the full-text of articles that the library can provide. Here's what to do: 

  • Look to the left of the GS screen and click on the "hamburger" (); then click on  
  • Look for "Library Links."  Then type Harvard University into the search box and save your choice.  As long as you allow cookies, the settings will keep.  

By Creating a Harvard Library Bookmark

A bookmark you set-up save to your toolbar, and then click on when you come across an article citation and want to determine if Harvard gives you access. you can create.

Directions for creating it are here: https://library.harvard.edu/services-tools/check-harvard-library-bookmark

By Installing Lean Library: a browser plugin that (nearly always) identifies digital availability of items at Harvard and runs automatically as you search books and articles. 

See it as an alternative to the Bookmark (above) Some users find Lean Library's pop-ups intrusive and distracting, however, despite its convenience.

By Searching in HOLLIS: Always see HOLLIS as a "court of last resort" -- if Scholar fails and the Bookmark or Lean Library options don't turn up access, always double (triple?) check by putting the book or journal article title in our discovery system.

And if turns out that there's only print access, remember that Scan and Deliver might be the best next step.