Answered By: Circulation Newman Library
Last Updated: Dec 02, 2021     Views: 7401

When you are on the campus network, Google Scholar will automatically recognize you as a member of the Virginia Tech community and present Get VText links, get vtext, for search results.

The best way to get Google Scholar to display GetVText links from off campus is to install the LibKey Nomad browser extension. Once installed, LibKey Nomad will link to the University Libraries' access to articles from websites across the web, including Google Scholar.

The other options are to manually configure your Google Scholar to display Get VText links and using the VPN.

Configure Google Scholar to display Get VText links

  1. Click on Scholar Preferences.
  2. Search for Virginia Tech in the 'Library Links' section.
  3. Select all instances listed for Virginia Tech.
  4. Click Save preferences.
  5. Now search results will have Get VText links that will connect you to full text (online or in print) or an interlibrary loan form when we don't have any access. 

Use the VPN

Install the VPN software if you have not already done so. Then be sure to select the option to send all traffic through the VPN (not just to on-campus servers--Google Scholar is not located on campus).

Note on Google Scholar

While you can find some great resources through Google Scholar, do note that there's no way to know the limitations of what you are searching. Google Scholar specifically does not list what is included in this database. You may be missing important publishers, or the latest publications, or key publications from before Google Scholar's database starts. 

Library databases like Discovery Search cover more publishers, index the latest publications and entire backfiles of older publications, and include many sources that are otherwise behind paywalls and inaccessible to Google.

Comments (2)

  1. I used to see the VText link when I used the VPN but it no longer shows up. I'm not sure what happened between the time it was working and now. Is this problem ever reported before? The VTech options are selected under "Library Links" and I'm sending all traffic over the VPN.
    by Sam on Oct 12, 2015
  2. Be sure to choose the VPN option to route all traffic through the VPN. The default is to route only to on-campus servers, and Google Scholar is, of course, not on campus.

    I would also try clearing your GS cookie and going through the steps to set your library again (though using just the VPN should be enough).
    by Robert Sebek on Oct 13, 2015