Access to Bradford College online library resources directly from Google Scholar

Did you know that you can now access articles directly from a Google Scholar search if we have a Bradford College subscription to them?

If you haven’t used it before, Google Scholar is a search engine that covers scholarly literature, including articles, theses, abstracts and reports from a wide range of disciplines and types of information.  It is a great way to find free material such as open source articles and reports by organisations which may not be indexed by our subscription databases. However, Google Scholar also includes links to journal articles that are behind a database paywall – in which case you can only view the citation details and abstract.

The good news is that you can now connect Google Scholar to Bradford College Library’s journals collection so that when you have access to an article, you will see a PDF or a Full-Text link appear in your results. It just takes 4 easy steps:

  1. Go to Google Scholar , click on the 3 bar icon at the top left of the page, and click on Settings. 

2. Click Library Links and search for Bradford College. You may see two options – just click on the option Bradford College – Full Text Available


3. Click on Save. Now when you run a search you will see a link to Full Text Available – this will take you to the Library resource.  If you are off campus you will have to sign in.

4. If you see a screen like the one below saying “If the page does not display”, click on open the page in a new window. This sometimes happens if the article is from a third party database (eg Emerald) or if EBSCO needs a prompt to display properly!


caution icon If you have any problems accessing our resources in this way, please let us know.  We may need to tweak our settings!

Remember – not all the content on Google Scholar will be available through the Library or free online.  If you find something on Google Scholar that you can’t access, get in touch with us and we may be able to help.

Library Resource of the Month – Britannica

Library Resource of the Month is back after an extended summer break (!), and for November we’d like to introduce you to Britannica Academic.

You have probably heard of the Encyclopedia Britannica. First published in 1768 in Edinburgh when it was just 3 volumes, it was last published in print in 2010 and had expanded to a mega 32 volume set – though now it is only available online.

Britannica Academic can be accessed via mobile, tablets, online and whiteboards in classrooms. It is a multimedia encyclopedia which means each article includes images, video, interactive maps and charts, and quizzes plus the option to create your own personal folder to save your research.

As we approach the centenary of the end of World War One, see what you can find out about the war on Britannica Academic. Or brush up your Shakespeare knowledge before the RSC bring ‘A Comedy of Errors’ to Bradford College on December 3rd.

Ask at the Library Information Desk for a demo or help in accessing and using Britannica.  And look out for our prize-winning quiz next week!


Blend your teaching with OERs!

Blend your teaching with OERs!

Whether you are planning a lesson which incorporates online learning materials, or just need some inspiration, you may find what you are looking for by having a look at OERs.

OER Word Cloud
OER Word Cloud

Open Educational Resources are no-cost materials developed for learning, teaching and research, which can be used fully or in part, and in some cases tailored to the needs of your own students. OERs may be openly available within our institution (such as shared worksheets or Moodle activities), in the public domain (such as YouTube, Slideshare or BBC) or on Jorum and other OER repositories.

While it can be difficult to find out if website resources are licenced for use, OER repositories hold resources that have been released under an open-licence meaning that there are no or limited restrictions on their use or re-purpose. And there are always our library materials which can be immediately added to your courses to add that extra learning opportunity.

Use Library Resources to encourage independent learning. Add a link to our Moodle subject pages and ask students to write their own guide on what is available in their subject. Link to our database list and ask students to find a newspaper report on a current topic. Students can add reviews to the Library Catalogue on books they have read, or create lists of useful resources. Dip into our excellent tutorials on Skills for Successful Study, to help with finding and using library resources, referencing and plagiarism, or direct students to our Moodle courses on Study Skills, Copyright and Current Awareness. Find images, sound and video clips from our databases of copyright cleared materials, or embed our video guides into your Moodle site from our fledgling YouTube channel. Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for a chat on embedding online activities into your Moodle courses.

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