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Off-campus Access issues with Google Scholar?

Problem: Google Scholar is blocking me from searching

Solution: Google uses CAPTCHA to protect itself from bots (robots that trawl the Web downloading content). Whenever a network is sending Google Scholar an abnormal amount of traffic, Google Scholar will display a CAPTCHA message to users coming from that address.

Sometimes, FSU's servers send an unusually high amount of traffic to Google Scholar, which causes Google Scholar to limit access. This is a known issue which effects universities across the globe.

For unknown reasons, Google Scholar is sometimes unable to display the CAPTCHA tool correctly. In such cases, users might see different messages or be unable to complete the CAPTCHA task successfully, despite repeated attempts.

Fortunately, there is a quick solution. Follow these steps:

  • Go
  • Click on the Settings menu on the right.
  • Click on Library links.
  • Type Florida State University in the box that appears.
  • Click on the blue Search button.
  • Click in the check box next to Florida State University- Find It @ FSU.
  • Click on the cookies link below the Save button.
  • Click on Save

Scholar should now recognize you as an FSU student.

Google Scholar uses Google's search engine to provide a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Using the link within Google Scholar, you may also link to resources that FSU owns. 

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