Google Scholar Search Box Changes

By Marketing and Communications | 07-19-2018

The MSL search box has changed. It now goes directly to Google Scholar without passing through the Libraries' proxy server (EZproxy). This means you will not be asked to log in with your NetID and password before you see your Google Scholar search results. You will also not have access to Texas A&M Libraries' subscribed content until you setup Google Scholar (see the Texas A&M University Libraries Google Scholar instructions).

The problem is based in how a proxy server works. The Libraries' proxy server makes all traffic appear to be coming from a single IP address (single computer). About two years ago, Google Scholar began interpretting proxied traffic as excessive and possible data harvesting. Library patrons began seeing CAPTCHA request before they could get to their search results, especially during high traffic times (mid-terms and finals). The Libraries IT tried several work arounds, but those have not been completely successful. It was decided that patrons would be better served by directly accessing Google Scholar and configuring Google Scholar to recognize Texas A&M Libraries.

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