Answered By: Melanee Vicedo
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2016     Views: 552

The nature of scholarly publishing is such that unless you have a subscription to a journal, you can't get full-text of the article. If Google Scholar doesn't "know" you're a USC-affiliated user, and have access to our subscriptions, it won't give you full-text access.

You have to set up your preferences in Google Scholar to authenticate yourself as a USC-affiliated user.

Set your Google Scholar preferences to access journals and databases USC subscribes to via the Find It @ USC links.

Video with step by step instructions:

To set your preferences:

1. Go to

2. Go to the upper-right hand side of the page and click on thelink. 

  • This will take you to a page titled Scholar Settings.

3. Click the link titled Library Links on the left-hand side of the page.

4. Type in University of Southern California or USC then click Find Library.

5. Select University of Southern California - Find It @ USC.

6. Select Save.

Alternatively, you can also access Google Scholar directly from the USC Libraries' homepage

Comments (1)

  1. Very helpful and a huge time-saver when researching a new field.
    by Prof. Gerald Loeb on Sep 26, 2019.

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