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Find Full Text from a Citation using Google Scholar

April 9, 2015

How do I find the full text of an article when I only have the citation?

Several options exist but perhaps the simplest involves using Google Scholar (

The steps include:

1. Changing your Google Scholar 'Settings' (look for the gear icon - sometimes hides under the 'more' link at the top)

2. Choose the 'Library Links' option from the left

3. On the 'Library Links' page, type 'drexel' into the search box

4. From the search results, choose 'Drexel University - Get It @ Drexel'

5. Save your selections.

Now whenever you search for an article on Google Scholar, your results will show links to the Get It @ Drexel page! Searching for just the first five or six words from the article title placed within quotation marks should be enough to retrieve your title.

Here's a one-minute video that shows the steps: