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Library Resources for Spring 2021

This guide provides instructions on how to access resources through the library for Spring 2021.

Installing the Unpaywall Chrome Extension

To search for free and available resources on Google Scholar, we recommend you install the Unpaywall Chrome extension. To install this extension, follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Open the Unpaywall chrome extension link.
  3. Select the blue Add to Chrome- It's Free button.
  4. This will take you to the Chrome extension page for Unpaywall. Select the blue Add to Chrome button.
  5. A pop-up will appear asking if you would like to Add Paywall. Select Add Extension.
  6. The extension will install and Chrome will take you to the welcome page for Unpaywall, which explains that a green tab next to a research article means it's free and available full-text. 
  7. To access articles, you then need to select the green lock and this will take you to the full-text PDF.

Please note: The green tab will only appear on individual articles, not in your search results list. You will have to open each article you are interested in to confirm whether it is free. Again, if you find an article that requires payment, do not pay for it. Instead, email us with the article details and we will try to get it for you.

Google Advanced Search

Start at the Google Advanced website. You can choose to customize your search by filling in information in the following search fields: all these words, this exact word or phrase, any of these words, none of the words, numbers ranging from _ to _.  Next, you can choose from options to narrow your results further: language, region, last update, site or domain, terms appearing, SafeSearch, file type, usage rights.

Example Search

For the example search I filled in the following fields (screen capture left below):

  • all these words: juvenile justice reform
  • language: English
  • region: United States
  • last update: past week
  • site or domain: .gov

The search results (screen capture right below) are from website that are .gov addresses, from the past week, containing the words juvenile justice reform in English.

Google Scholar Advanced Search

Begin at Google Scholar. I started by searching the phrase black lives matter. On the results page (screen capture above), I clicked on the menu in the upper left hand corner and then clicked on Advanced Search.

The Advanced Search box popped up and then I was able to add more information to narrow my search results.  I added female and articles dated 2019-2020.