Answered By: Robert Sebek Last Updated: Oct 15, 2020 Views: 5703
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, , for search results. When you are off campus, you'll need to go through an extra step. Please visit the Research Guide for Accessing Library Resources Off Campus for further instruction.
You can also manually configure your Google Scholar to present Get VText links, .
Configure Google Scholar preferences
- Click on Scholar Preferences.
- Search for Virginia Tech in the 'Library Links' section.
- Select all instances listed for Virginia Tech.
- Click Save preferences.
- 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.
Please note: If you are using your own computer, you may also wish to install the LibKey Nomad browser extension for access to library resources. Simply install the extension. During the installation process, you'll be asked to identify your library; simply search for Virginia Tech Libraries. Please visit the Research Guide on LibKey Nomad browser extension for further information.
- 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.
- 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).