Google Scholar issues and workaround

Google Scholar is an external search engine which is not managed at UoL. The Library is unable to guarantee the functionality of external search engines such as Scholar. The Library recommends use of our licensed search platforms such as DISCOVER and other licensed databases/collections as the primary option for access to E-Resources.

Scholar may experience heavy load/usage, if this happens you may experience difficulties connecting to Scholar or see ‘captcha’ boxes when using Scholar. If you are having these kind of difficulties using Scholar, see the advice below –

Option 1 – use the link to Scholar shown in the Library’s A-Z list of databases or go direct to this link, this will show an “Is it @ Liverpool” link, however most secure/commercial links shown in results will not be authenticated via the Library.

Option 2 – you can simply visit http://scholar.google.com (the normal/public URL for Scholar) and set up “Is it @ Liverpool” links manually by configuring your profile in Scholar.

Note – to save the following options between browsing sessions, log into a Google account to save your preferences.

Open a new browser and visit Scholar at: http://scholar.google.com

You will need to configure Scholar to use UoL links, click the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of Scholar:

Select Settings, you will be presented with the following screen, then click Library links in the left menu. Type ‘University of Liverpool’ in the box shown, press the search icon, then ensure ‘University of Liverpool – is it @ Liverpool?’ is checked/ticked and click ‘Save’:


If you logged in with a Google account your preferences will be saved so you don’t have to do this next time you go to scholar.google.com

Note – when you search Scholar via the search box shown on the Library for Online Programmes homepage you are able to follow links by clicking the title of results, however, when you use the above option to access Scholar you will typically need to click ‘Is it @ Liverpool’ links shown to the right side of results to access licensed/commercial content:

Note the Library recommends use of licensed databases such as DISCOVER provided via the Library for Online Programmes homepage http://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/onlineprogrammes

Please contact your Librarian if you have further questions.

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