Got it free through Google? Probably not.

Are you able to download the full-text of scholarly journal articles in Google Scholar for free?  If so, chances are that article was paid for by the Wright State University Libraries.

The Libraries participate in Google’s Library Links program that offers article-level linking from Google Scholar to University Libraries’ subscription content.  Users with appropriate WSU credentials  – a WSU IP address or students, faculty and staff who login with their W account – will access the full text of articles using the link: “Full Text – Wright State”.

The University Libraries partner with Google, EBSCO and other vendors to configure and maintain the article level links so that Google recognizes Wright State’s access to content that would otherwise be blocked.  Since Google’s product management team defines scholarly content, not all University Libraries’ subscriptions are included.

How do I use this service?

On campus –  Google Scholar automatically provides full text links to content licensed by the University Libraries.

Off-campus – There are two ways to use this service.

  1. Choose the Google Scholar database from the UL website. You will be prompted to enter your campus username and password before searching Google Scholar, and automatically gain access via the “Full Text – Wright State” links.
  2. Begin your search at and associate your Google Account with Wright State University Libraries in the Google Scholar > Settings > Library Links section. Upon first use, you will be prompted to enter your campus username and password.   Need assistance with this process?  Ask a Librarian can help.

To get the most full-text material with the greatest ease we recommend using the University Libraries website link to get to Google Scholar.

WSU students faculty and staff can set their Google Scholar account to easily import citations into RefWorks, a citation management product provided by the University Libraries.

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Library Capital Improvements

In the fall of 2017 the University Libraries submitted a State Capital Funding Request Project Proposal for carpet replacement and modernization. We were thrilled to learn this spring that our projects have been chosen! The funding comes to Wright State from the State of Ohio’s 2-year capital budget. These are one-time funds for capital projects such as deferred maintenance and tangible improvements. Our plan is to replace the 20-year-old carpet in the public areas of the library and modernize furniture and study spaces.

In 2015, the library staff conducted a detailed building use study to determine how, where and why students study in the Dunbar Library. We learned a lot! The students requested more quiet study areas and private spaces for individuals and groups to meet. They asked for updated furniture and a cleaner, more welcoming environment. We plan to make the most of our $1.1 million in state funding and create a variety of study spaces where students can be successful.

Our plan is to install carpet mid-December after Fall semester finals, completing it before students come back for Spring semester in January 2019. New furniture should find its way here during Spring semester, wrapping up the project in May of 2019. In the meantime, feel free to sample new furniture we will have on display in the second floor atrium (under the plane) and give us your feedback! More information about the libraries’ student-centered capital improvements is available in The Guardian. To learn more about other University capital funds initiatives, visit the WSU Newsroom.

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The Hidden Cost of Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is an alternative method of obtaining access to research materials needed by our users that are not available on campus, through OhioLINK or through SearchOhio. The University Libraries provide interlibrary loan services to our faculty, staff and students at no charge; however, the request process is not necessarily free.

Fees for Borrowing Materials:

The Libraries have reciprocal borrowing agreements with other libraries in which we agree not to charge them for items they request from our collections and they do not charge us for items we request from theirs. However, when no reciprocal agreement exists, we have to pay a fee to the lending library for each item we request. These fees are typically $10 to $25 for each item borrowed.

Copyright Fees:

When the Libraries borrow journal articles, we can incur copyright fees. We can borrow up to five articles each year from the most recent five years of any individual journal title without a charge. After that, we pay a copyright fee for each additional article borrowed from that same five years. Copyright fees vary from publisher to publisher, but they can range from as little as $25 to $75 or more per article.

Impact on Our Users:

The Libraries intend to continue providing interlibrary loan to our users. However, we are very concerned about the impact our budget situation and the resulting need to cancel journal subscriptions may have on the demand for this service. If the charge for a particular request is unusually high, we may contact the requestor to determine if the material requested is essential. Also, if the volume of requests exceeds our ability to absorb the associated costs, we may have to charge our users for the cost of the request.

For more information on ILL, please visit our website:

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Friends of the Libraries’ Student Photography Contest

Attention current Wright State students:

Show us what you love about Dunbar Library! You’re invited to submit digital photography highlighting Paul Laurence Dunbar Library. The Friends of the Libraries nonprofit organization will provide the following prizes for winners to be selected by a committee of University Libraries staff.

  • First place: $100
  • Second place: $50
  • Third place: $25

Submit entries by October 31, 2018. Include in your photos: library spaces, services, resources, a variety of users and groups, smiling faces, and/or technology.

Email entries as JPEG file attachments to Include your full name and Wright State email address in the body of the email. All entries may be used in Wright State print or online promotional materials.*

Need a camera or tripod? Check one out at the Circulation Desk. Want to edit your photos? Adobe Photoshop and a variety of other software is available on the library computers. The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) offers student assistants for drop-in help Sunday through Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, or schedule a one-on-one appointment with a staff member.

Thanks in advance for participating. We look forward to viewing your entries!

*Contest open to current Wright State University students only. Student photographers will retain copyright to any and all photographs entered in this contest, but, by voluntarily entering the contest, students agree to grant a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable license to Wright State University Libraries, for use of the image for marketing and promotional purposes. 

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