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Linking to licensed e-resources: Google Scholar

Google Scholar in the Aalto University network

Google Scholar is Google's search engine specialised in searching for scholarly information.

When you are using Google Scholar within the protected Aalto University network, the search results include direct links to electronic full text articles, provided that they are licensed by the Aalto University Learning Centre. The direct links are automatically displayed after the title like this: FullText:sfx@Aalto.

If the sfx@Aalto link does not display to the right of the item, use the >> “More” link under the item. 

When you click the SFX link a window opens that tells you more about the availability of the particular reference. See the box titled SFX below on this page for further information.

There are the following ways to access the protected Aalto University network with your Aalto credentials:

  • Log in to an Aalto workstation that is connect to the network with a wire.
  • Connect and login to the Aalto wireless network that is available at the campus area.
  • Use VPN software and connection from wherever and whenever.

Google Scholar with other internet connections

If you're using Google Scholar outside Aalto University network, in order to make the resource links appear like shown above you have 2 options:

1) Use Google Scholar via Learning Centre proxy server

This link can also be found from the menu of the proxy server:

When doing like this, the traffic between Scholar and your computer is directed through the proxy and you'll be asked your Aalto credentials in the beginning.

2) Set your browser to show SFX links

  • On the Scholar mainpage click Asetukset / Settings.
  • Click Kirjastolinkit / Library links
  • Type "aalto" in the search and press enter.
  • Click the checkbox at Aalto University and click Tallenna / Save.

Instruction video of setting the links

SFX window

SFX window is the gateway to access the resources licensed by the Learning Centre. It is essential what is the level of access to the resource as full text, i.e. if it is allowed to see or download the needed material entirely.

  • Articles: the reference and the Go button under the full text header are a sign for that the material is available by clicking the button.
  • Journals: Notice the timeline for which the archive of the journal is licensed. This can be checked under the full text reference

In the example above you can access the journal issues that have been published on 2001 or later. Older issues might be available from another service and reference, or it is possible the older archives haven't been acquired as electronic form at all.

If the material you need wasn't available in the full text section, you may want to check if it is available as print version by using the holding information links lower in the same window.


Contact information

We are happy to help with problems concerning links to licensed resources. The best way to reach us is to send email to:

Incorrect availability data in Google Scholar

Every now and then Google Scholar makes mistakes with FullText: sfx@aalto availability information. We kindly ask you to contact us using the above email if you notice inconsistancies with the links shown by Scholar, so we can then try to fix them.

Aalto University network

All workstation computers of the university that you log on with your Aalto credentials are connected to the Aalto University network by default. In addition, the wireless aalto network is connected to it. However, the unencrypted aalto open is not.

Further information about the wireless connections of the university: