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Alternative Access to Articles: Google Scholar Button

This guide provides information about various types of browser plug-ins that may be helpful when accessing scholarly publications.
Last Updated: Mar 29, 2021 2:16 PM

Google Scholar logo

The Google Scholar Button adds a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page. Click the Scholar button to:

  • Find full text on the web or in your university library. Select the title of the paper on the page you're reading, and click the Scholar button to find it.
  • Transfer your query from web search to Scholar. Press the Scholar button to see the top three results; click "full screen" in the lower left of the popup to see them all. 
  • Format references in widely used citation styles. Press the quote button in the popup to see a formatted reference and copy it into the paper you're writing.

Google Scholar Button: Installation

The Google Scholar button can be installed in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera). Follow these steps to install the Google Scholar button in Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
     Google Chrome shortcut picture

     
  2. In the Chrome window, type "Google Scholar Button chrome" in the address bar and choose the first result, or if you have this guide open in Chrome, open https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-scholar-button/ldipcbpaocekfooobnbcddclnhejkcpn?hl=en.
     
  3. Click the "Add to Chrome" button in the upper right corner of the page: Add to Chrome button
     
  4. A small popup window will appear. Click the "Add Extension" button: Add Extension button 

    Note: The popup window explains that Google Scholar can "read and change all your data on the websites you visit". The Google Scholar button must be able to read the pages and change them to add download buttons.  

     
  5. The plugin is now ready to use. You can close the window and proceed to browse normally. Instructions for using the Google Scholar button are below.


To install in Mozilla Firefox, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox. 
    Firefox logo

     
  2. In the Firefox window, type "Google Scholar Button firefox" in the address bar and choose the first result, or if you have this guide open in Firefox, open https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/google-scholar-button/.
  3. Click the "Add to Firefox" button in the upper right corner of the page: Add to Firefox button
     
  4. A small popup window will appear. Click the "Add Extension" button: Add Extension Firefox button 

    Note: The popup window explains that the Google Scholar Button can "can access your data for all websites, access browser tabs, and access browser activity during navigation". The Google Scholar Button must be able to read the pages and change them to add download buttons. 

     
  5. The plugin is now ready to use. You can close the window and proceed to browse normally. Instructions for using the Google Scholar Button are below.

Google Scholar Button: Finding Full Text

Follow these steps to use the Google Scholar Button plugin for finding articles:

  1. Search for journal articles as you normally would using Google Scholar or library databases.
     
  2. As you browse pages containing articles, click the Google Scholar button in the Bookmarks bar to get information about the article. Click the "View it @ UB" button to gain access to the article.
    Google Scholar Button example screen shot


     
  3. Library links work best when you're on campus. To configure them for off-campus use, visit Google Scholar Settings. Click on "Library Links" from the left side menu. Search for "University at Buffalo." You should select the option: "University at Buffalo - View it @ UB."  Remember to click the Save button.
     
  4. If UB does not have access to a specific article you need, please use UB Libraries Delivery+ service to request the item. 


​If you have questions about the Google Scholar Button or any other library tools, contact the library at library@buffalo.edu or by contacting your subject librarian directly.

Delivery+

Still hitting a paywall for article access? Don't pay!

If the article you need is not part of a UB subscription and is not available openly, use UB Libraries Delivery+ service to get the article. It's completely free for UB faculty, staff, and students! 

Simply log in with your UBIT name and password, then fill out a brief form for the item you need. Articles are delivered to you electronically!

Help

Still running into trouble? Contact your subject librarian for additional help. We are here to help!

Contact

Questions about the content of this Guide? Contact the Guide owner Erin Rowley at epautler@buffalo.edu