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Article Galaxy Scholar: What is Article Galaxy Scholar

This guide provides an overview of the Article Galaxy Scholar tool and how to use it to access full-text scholarly articles.

How can Article Galaxy Scholar help me?

Article Galaxy Scholar (AGS) is a tool USU Libraries has deployed to help connect students, staff, and faculty to scholarly articles from journals we may not subscribe to. Anytime you search for articles in search platforms like Quick Search, Scopus, and EBSCO - if that platform cannot provide access to the full text of an article, it will often give an option to use Article Linker, a tool which attempts to get you to the full text of an article if USU Libraries has a subscription to that journal. AGS works with Article Linker to provide full text access to articles in journals that the Library does not subscribe to. 

Quick access to full-text articles

Article Galaxy Scholar (AGS) will attempt to get you access to an article in three different ways.

  • PDF copy of the article
    • If AGS has access to the article's journal, then you will receive a PDF copy of the article via email. This list of activated publishers will let you know what content is available through AGS.
  • An open-access version of the article
    • If AGS detects that an open-access version of the article is available, you will be directed to where that is available. If the open-access copy of the article is not the version you want, AGS can still send you a PDF copy of the version of record.
  • An interlibrary loan request
    • If AGS does not have access to the article's journal, and if there are no open-access options available, then you will directed to USU Library's interlibrary loan Article Request form, with some fields already populated by data from AGS.

Another tool: Lean Library

Another tool the Library has made available to help connect you to scholarly articles is Lean Library, a browser plug-in that alerts you when online content is available through the library while you are doing your research both on and off-campus. Lean Library works no matter how you do your research, through Google Scholar or Library databases. The Library's Lean Library libguide can help walk you through the steps of installing and using Lean Library.

Electronic Resources Librarian