Google Scholar and full-text of articles
Google Scholar is a quick and effective way of finding articles when doing a literature search. Getting to the full-text of the article can require a little work.
A search returns an interesting looking result
“Datastream Returns and UK Open Offers”
Does the University of Manchester library offer access to the full-text?
Google Scholar offers several versions:
- papers.ssrn.com – SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network) is a repository of working papers – you can get a version of the paper but this might not be exactly the same as in the European Journal of Finance
- kar.kent.ac.uk – Kent Academic Repository only gives access to the bibliographic details (including abstract)
- informaworld.com – informaword (Taylor and Francis Group) will give you access to full-text. You need to either be recognised as using a University of Manchester PC or logon to authenticate youself.
- ideas.repec.org – a bibliographic database so no access to full-text
- ingentaconnect.com – University of Manchester does not subscribe to this journal on ingentaconnect so even if you sign-in you will still be asked to pay for the full-text
- econpapers.repec.org – again bibliographic database so no full-text
There is not really an easy way of knowing which is the best link offered by Google Scholar to choose.
Using the journal title, The European Journal of Finance in this case, you can use the A-Z e-journal list to find details of the library’s subscription(s).
An alternative for academic journal articles is to try one of the bibliographic databases: ISI Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) or Scopus. Both of these include FindIt at JRUL links to help locate the full-text of articles.
See also Manchester Business Answers 24/7 FAQ – Where can I find journal articles for my research topic?