AMST 407: Colonialism and Critical Theory

Research Tip: Connect Google Scholar to the Library

Connect Google Scholar to the Library

Don't pay for articles you find in Google Scholar. Learn how to connect Google Scholar to the library's holdings


Using the library without using the library

Prefer to start your research using Google rather than library search tools?  You can still take advantage of library subscriptions!

Use these tips and browser extensions to get past those pesky paywalls.

Research Tip: Google Scholar Button

Add the Google Scholar Button to your web browser

Overview (from the Chrome Web Store)

This extension adds a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page. Click the Scholar button to:

  • Find full text on the web or in your university library. Select the title of the paper on the page you're reading, and click the Scholar button to find it. Make sure to connect Google Scholar to Williams Libraries first.
  • Transfer your query from web search to Scholar. Press the Scholar button to see top three results; click "full screen" at the bottom of the popup to see them all.
  • Format references in widely used citation styles. Press the quote button below the result to see a formatted reference and copy it into the paper you're writing.
  • Save the article to your Scholar library, so you can read it or cite it later.  Press the blue star below the result to save it, or the gray star at the bottom to see all saved articles.

Learn more


Research Tip: EZ-Proxy browser extension

EZproxy Browser Extension

EZproxy is software that helps you connect to library resources from off-campus. Most of the time, it operates behind the scenes, like when you connect to something through the library catalog or A-Z List.

Use the browser extension when:

  • You follow a link or citation and hit a paywall
  • You prefer to start your research on the open web instead of using a library search tool

Get the extension:

Research Tip: Unpaywall

Use Unpaywall

image of laptop woth green unpaywall icon, indicating the article is available for freeUnpaywall is an open database of millions of free scholarly articles. It includes open access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories, and makes it easy to find, track, and use.
After you install the browser extension, look for the icon to see if what you want is available for free.

Research Tip: Use Open Access Button

Use Open Access Button

Open Access Button Icon

Finding Available Research

Give us a scholarly paper and we’ll search thousands of sources with millions of articles to link you to free, legal, full text articles instantly.

Requesting Research

If we can’t get you access, we’ll start a request for you. We request articles from authors, and guide them on making the work available to you and everyone who needs it.

How does it work?

Visit the Open Access Button website to search for articles or to download the browser extension.