Answered By: Melanee Vicedo
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2019     Views: 963

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.

To set your preferences:

1. Go to

2. Go to the upper-left hand side of the page and click on hamburger icon - 3 horizontal lines.

  • This will open a box with more links on the left.

3. Select the Settings link.

4. Select Library Links on the next page.

4. In the search box, type in University of Southern California or USC then click the blue magnifying glass button.

5. Check the box next to University of Southern California - Find It @ USC.

6. Select Save.

For Google Scholar search tips, go to:

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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