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Using Electronic Resources

Google Scholar - Library Link, PennText Setting, and Browser Button

Google Scholar allows you to link directly to Penn Libraries subscription content. Below are three ways to do this.

1. Library Supplied Link to Google Scholar

The library supplied link to Google Scholar will authenticate you as being affiliated with Penn. This link is provided within the databases portion of the Franklin Search screen.:


During busy times of the semester Google Scholar may interpreting users coming to Google Scholar through the library as bots. If this occurs, access Google Scholar directly but set up links to PennText as described below.

2. Google Scholar Settings to add PennText links

Links to PennText will appear in your search results.

Sometimes other versions are hidden. Click the right-pointing double caret to see additional versions.

3. Add the Google Scholar Browser Button

The Google Scholar Button is a browser extension that allows you to search Google Scholar from any web page, find full text either on the web or at the Penn Libraries, and format references in widely used citation styles. To install, connect to Google Scholar:

Choose "Button" and "Save:

The button will appear in your browser

Using the Google Scholar Button

 When on a webpage, highlight a title of interest. 

Click the button

A pop-up window will display. Note the full-text options at the bottom of the window.

  • Green highlighting indicates open access
  • Penn holdings are highlighted in grey.
  • If only the PennText link appears, click the article title, not the PennText link.
  • If neither shows, click the 4-sided arrow  to open in Google Scholar to see any links to other versions of the article.

Click the quotes    for quick citing examples or to download to citation managers.  

Cited by indicates the number of times the article was cited in the Scholar database and links to these articles.