Answered By: abby librarian (she/her)
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2020     Views: 1

You can set your browser to have Google Scholar link to full text articles in Western databases from any computer you use. You will see either a "Findit! @ WWU" link at the bottom of the citation or a "Full Text @ WWU" option next to the title. If you are using Google Scholar from a campus computer it should automatically recognize you as a Western user.

  1. Go to http://scholar.google.com/

  2. Click on the Settings link in the upper left hand corner drop-down menu.
    Shows locating the options menu and selecting settings

  3. Click on "Library Links".
    Shows clicking on "Library links" and then checking the box for "Western Washington University - FindIt@WWU"

  4. Search for Western Washington University in the box that comes up.

  5. Check the box next to Western Washington University Libraries - Findit!@Western Libraries.

Using the Libraries’ databases, including our catalog OneSearch, is the best way to get access to scholarly articles (and not have to pay!). A scholarly article is also sometimes referred to as a peer-reviewed article. These are articles in journals that go through a review process by other experts in the field. Many article databases have features that allow you to focus your search on peer-reviewed sources. Other databases, such as Web of Knowledge, focus on peer-reviewed sources. However, you should keep in mind that those limiters are not perfect. You should still make sure that the article you select has characteristics that indicate that it is in-fact peer-reviewed.


It is worth noting that not every article in a peer-reviewed journal is necessarily a peer-reviewed article! For example, many peer-reviewed journals include book reviews, interviews, news, and more. Sometimes, only the descriptions are listed and you’ll need some help getting the full thing.  Connect with us for questions about finding, using, and evaluating the articles you are working with!

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