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Technology

A guide to using technology at SFC

Full-Text Browser Extensions

fast full textTired of running into a paywall when you're doing your research?

Full-text browser extensions search thousands of online repositories to help you find Open Access versions of research articles that are locked behind paywalls. They are free, legal, easy to install, and a great way to find quick access to research and avoid crashing into paywalls.


For more information on Open Access, check out our handy Library Guide.

Unpaywall

Unpaywall Logo The Unpaywall browser extension searches a database with almost 30 million Open Access articles and notifies you if it finds freely accessible full-text versions of an article you are viewing.


Check out this video introduction to Unpaywall from SFC Librarian, Matthew Schofield.


Google Scholar Button

Google Scholar Logo The Google Scholar Button is a browser extension for easy access to Google Scholar from any webpage. Find full-text versions of articles from the SFC Library and the web.





To take full advantage of the Google Scholar button, follow the instructions in our Advanced Google library guide to connect your account to the SFC Library.

  • Whenever you find a research article online that you cannot access, simply click on the blue Google Scholar ButtonGoogle Scholar Button in your browser toolbar.

  • A pop up box appears providing links to available full-text versions of the article from the web or from the SFC Library databases (if you have connected your Google account to the SFC Library)
  • Google Scholar Button screenshot

  • You don't need to be viewing a research article to use Google Scholar Button. Click the button on any webpage (or just manually input a search) to receive links to relevant scholarly articles based on your webpage.
  • Google Scholar Button Screenshot



Follow the instructions to add the Google Scholar Button to your browser (Note: these instructions are for Google Chrome browser):
  • Select the "Button" link on the settings menu.
  • Google Scholar settings menu
  • Click on the link that says "Install Scholar Button to look up papers as you browse".
  • Google Scholar Button Install

  • Click on the blue "Add to Chrome" button.
  • Google Scholar Button Extension

  • Once you've done this you should see the Google Scholar Button Google Scholar Button in your browser toolbar.


Open Access Button

Open Access Button Logo The Open Access Button is a browser extension to help you bypass paywalls and find freely available Open Access versions of research articles.





If you find a research article locked behind a paywall, simply click on the orange Open Access Button in your browser toolbar.

The Open Access Button then searches thousands of online repositories and directs you to a freely available Open Access version of the article if it finds one.


    Open Access Screenshot

If it is unable to find an Open Access version of the article, there is also a service to request the article directly from the author as well.




Follow the instructions to add the Open Access Button to your browser (Note: these instructions are for Google Chrome browser).

  • Navigate to Open Access Button website. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the link that says "Get the Chrome browser extension, no sign up required"
  • Open Access Link instructions
  • Click on the blue "Add to Chrome" button.
  • Open Access extension
  • Once you've done this you should see the Open Access Button Open Access Button in your browser toolbar.