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Google Scholar is different from plain Google, in that it doesn’t just show websites, but will search for scholarly materials available online - including those owned or subscribed to by the FGCU LIbrary. Most students use it to search for articles, but it also searches for “... theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites” (“About Google Scholar,” 2017).

You can easily configure Google Scholar to show you what items are available in the FGCU Library databases. Once configued, those items will appear with links to the right that say “Full Text @ FGCU Library.” The links will take you to the full text.

full text indicator on google scholar

Configure for On-Campus Use

If you use Google Scholar while connected to the campus network, either on a university computer or on campus wi-fi, Google Scholar may automatically show you the link to “Full Text @ FGCU Library”.

Configure for Off-Campus Use

To be linked into the FGCU Library’s holdings in Google Scholar from off-campus, you will need to adjust your Google Scholar settings.

  1. Navigate to Google Scholar (
  2. Click on the menu icon to open menu options.
  3. Click on the gear icon to open settings.
  4. Click on Library Links.
  5. Search in Library Links for “fgcu”.
  6. Check the box next to the choice for “Full Text @ FGCU Library”.

google schola settings

Congratulations! Now when you search in Google Scholar, articles that are available in FGCU Library databases will appear with links to full text to the right of the titles. Click on those full text links to access the article through the library databases.