Update to Full Text@RGU on Google Scholar

With the recent launch of our new library catalogue (https://librarysearch.rgu.ac.uk), we have also updated the Full Text@RGU service on Google Scholar.  If you have previously set this up , you will need to re-add it in order to continue using it.  The steps below will show you how to re-add this service, or how to add it for the first time if you have never used it before.

What is the Full Text@RGU service on Google Scholar

You can use this service to find out if RGU has the full text, online version of a journal article when searching Google Scholar. Once set up, when looking at the search results you will see a Full Text@RGU link next to any articles that are available from RGU, as can be seen below:


Clicking on this link will either take you directly to the article, or will open up a new screen where you will get information about where to view the article:


You can then click on one of the View Online links to view the article.

How do I set this up when On campus?

If you are on campus, you do not need to do anything.  Simply go to Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.co.uk/) and perform your search. The updated Full Text@RGU link will show automatically.

How do I set this up when Off campus?

Whether you have used this in the past, or are a new user, if you are off campus you will need to follow these steps. Please note you must have cookies enabled for this to be retained, otherwise you will need to set this up each time you search.

Go to Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.co.uk

Click the menu button at the top left and then choose Settings:


Choose Library links:


Search for Robert Gordon University and ensure that Robert Gordon University – FullText@RGU is ticked, and then click save:



You are now ready to search and find out what articles RGU has available for you.

Full Text@RGU link on Google Scholar restored

We are pleased to announce that the Full Text@RGU link on Google Scholar has been restored.  We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Users on-campus or using MyApps browsers will see the Full Text@RGU link on Google Scholar automatically.  Off-campus users may have to add the links manually, by selecting ‘Settings’ from the Google Scholar homepage, then ‘Library Links’ and searching for ‘Robert Gordon University’, then select ‘Robert Gordon University – Full Text@RGU’ and Save.

Please contact us at library@rgu.ac.uk with any queries.

Kudos, ORCID and Google Scholar Citations

RGU Kudos

It is great that people have signed up with the RGU Kudos pilot partnership since the last blog post about it. If you have an ORCID account listing works with DOIs you can easily populate your publication list on Kudos, just by linking ORCID with Kudos in your profile. Kudos are also working on new functionality to expand beyond DOIs.

If you are publishing already it is possible too that you have a research profile with Google Scholar Citations. If you are not satisfied with the levels of usage or citations to your work, that is where Kudos comes in:

  • Kudos isn’t a profile site – it is a toolkit for increasing reach and impact. Google Scholar enables you to list your work and (to some extent) to measure how well it is doing. There you can list your work but you can’t add an explanation of it or link it to other related materials – this might be particularly important in the context of seeking to get beyond the DOI.
  • Above all, Google Scholar doesn’t help you see what effects your efforts to communicate around your work have on things like readership and citations. You can see if numbers go up, but you can’t see what caused them to go up. Using Kudos as a central system from which to manage and track sharing of your work enables you to see which of your emails, social media postings and academic network postings are actually increasing the views, downloads, discussion of and citations to your work. This kind of additional data is becoming increasingly important for you, the University and funders of research.
  • Google Scholar Citations is easy to set up and so too is Kudos, linked to ORCID. With Kudos, if you spend just 10-15 minutes explaining and sharing your work, you can increase its readership (one of the pilot partners found that usage trebled) and therefore the likelihood of it having impact (both academic and non-academic). Successful and established researchers may not need to be working so hard to generate interest in their research, in which case Google Scholar is probably the right place to be. Kudos is a new toolkit may be the right place for people still working to increase their research profile (and that of their work).