Some results found via Google Scholar will be full text, meaning you can click on the title of the result and go directly to read the full article, book, or other sources via your web browser. Many academic sources, however, have restricted access and do not allow the general public to see the full text.
Clicking on a search result might take you to the full text, an abstract, a snippet, or a limited preview. If you are logged into your institutional account, Google Scholar may provide links for full-text access. If you are logged into your Harvard account, for instance, look for “Availability at Harvard” and/or “[email protected]
” for more information about whether or not you can access the full text of particular sources. If you don’t have an institutional or library account, some restricted sources may have the option of paying a fee to view them. If a source you want to view is restricted, you can also click “All Versions” at the bottom of the citation information. If the source is accessible via other databases, you might be able to find one that is non-restricted.