August 9, 2021
August 9, 2021

Plugins

This is a non-public guide that provides a WP box on:

Kopernio, Unpaywall, Open Access Button, Browzine, Google Scholar

i.e. browser plug-ins/extensions that give quick access to journal articles/PDFs.

For librarians to copy to their own guides and use as you wish.

 

 

 

Options for accessing online journal articles are numerous and evolving.  See below for options.  Help or links to short videos are included.

Note: some of these options rely on new techniques for accessing library subscribed content (and therefore only work for journals where we have a paid online subscription).  Others provide easy access to open access articles or pre-prints, where no subscription is required.

 

 

For definitive info on what the UC Davis Library subscribes to:

Use the  UCD Library Catalog  or  the  Journals A-Z list

 

Use Interlibrary Loan:

to request articles  and books  we do not own or subscribe to



1. Google Scholar:    Configure to Show UC-eLinks

This allows you to easily access articles the UC Davis Library subscribes to online.
NOTE: to access subscribed content from off-campus, you must install and login to the VPN client.

From the Google Scholar Settings page:

Click on Library Links in the left toolbar

Search for and check these options:  (as shown in the image below)

California Digital Library –UC-eLinks
University of California, Davis – UCD-eLinks
Open WorldCat – Library Search

Click SAVE

Google Scholar configure to show UC-eLinks

Now when you search in Google Scholar: you should see the  UC-eLinks link on the right side of your search results.

 

1-2.  ADD Google Scholar  Button:

A browser add-on which installs a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page.

Search google for:”Google scholar button [name of your browser]”


2. KOPERNIO

Kopernio is a free browser plug-in made by Clarivate (Web of Science).  It uses journal subscription data from our SFX linker (UC-eLinks) to locate a legally authorized PDF of the article you are looking for.

Highly recommended. Install it in Chrome or Firefox.

After installing, look for the “View PDF” icon when using your browser to search for articles.  It appears in the lower left of your screen.

Kopernio video, 1 minute

 


3. Unpaywall:  plug-in

Helps you find open access articles through a Chrome/Firefox browser extension/plug-in and/or searching their open and legal database of open access articles.   Unpaywall harvests millions of free scholarly articles, harvested from over 50,000 publishers and institutional repositories.  Read more about Unpaywall and its integration with UC-eLinks and Web of Science.

After installing, look for the green unlocked padlock when using your browser to search for articles.  It appears in the middle right of your screen.

Unpaywall video, 1 minute

 

Similar to Unpaywall, the Open Access button provides both Chrome and Firefox extensions/plug-ins, or your can enter DOIs or citation info at the OA website.

Clicking on the extension button from a paywalled article initiates a search for that article and, where available, provides free access. When free access is not found, OA Button can contact the corresponding author directly to help them make a self-archived version available.

Open Access Button video, 1 minute

 


5. Browzine

BrowZine is a web-based journal engagement platform and mobile app.  It allows you to find, follow, and access library licensed e-journals on any device. BrowZine visually presents the library subscribed  e-journals in a browsable format.

More Info on Browzine at UC Davis

Getting Started with Browzine video, 11 minutes