Universities subscribe to a variety of journal articles and databases that are extremely valuable for research and learning, and DePaul is no different. However, you aren’t always on campus to use them, so how can you access DePaul’s journal subscriptions from home?
It turns out its fairly straightforward to set up for any DePaul student, faculty, or staff!
You should check out the Chemistry Library Website, which has a variety of great information, but we will focus one key tool below:
Google Scholar – This is the premier research tool to find peer-reviewed articles. It’s like google but the output only includes journal articles and similar scholarly documents, and leaves off regular websites. You can use it on campus or from home to get access to articles while off campus! To set it up properly, do the following (this can be done at home too):
- go to the Google Scholar website: https://scholar.google.com/
- In the top left corner, click on the menu dropdown:
- In that menu, select “settings”:
4. In the settings menu, select “library links” on the left, and search for “DePaul University”. Then select both options and hit Save. The “full-text” is the most important one:
Ok! You are all set. Now, go back to Google Scholar and search for something. For example, you could search for “Alkyne Reduction” and you would see the page shown below. If you want to access an article off campus, click the “Find full-text @ DePaul” link and enter your campus connect login as needed. It will take you to the article’s page, with full access to the article! Remember you can save pdfs to your computer to look at the later.
What can you do if DePaul doesn’t have access and that link doesn’t show up??? One option is to see if the pdf is at academia.edu or researchgate.net, two websites where people sometimes post articles. Those links also show up on a Google Scholar Search:
If it is nowhere online, you can request it through the library, and they will look for it and send you a pdf within a few days. Here’s how to do that from Google Scholar. Click the “>>” symbol beneath the abstract:
Then select “DePaul Library Holdings“. It will send you to this page:
Under “Check availability”, select “Request via Illiad” and follow the directions to request a copy. If the library can find it through their library partners, they will send it to you.
So there you have it! We highly recommend using this approach, and also becoming familiar with Google Scholar, Endnote, and SciFinder. We’ll cover more on of these tools future blog posts, like how to use Endnote and Google scholar to easily cite articles and make bibliographies. In addition you should definitely check out the SciFinder setup pages at the Chemistry Library Website and get setup with that tool as well!