Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2018     Views: 3005

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.

Use this search box for Google Scholar and automatically see Get VText links to access full-text content through the libraries' subscriptions:

Search Google Scholar

You can also manually configure your Google Scholar to present Get VText links or connect to Google Scholar the VPN.

Configure Google Scholar preferences

  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. Be sure to use Off Campus Sign In on the Get VText page when you are not using the campus network.

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.

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