Google Scholar has introduced a new feature that allows you to read academic journal subscriptions directly from search results.
Most academic libraries these days subscribe to electronic versions of journals that authorized patrons can read on their own computers. And today we’re launching a feature in Google Scholar that lets people read their academic library’s subscriptions directly from their Google Scholar search results. Students at more than 100 participating universities will see links to such library resources as electronic delivery, print catalogs, and interlibrary loan.
Google is making great strides in moving to a digital library era. I don’t have any fears that the traditional library is in any danger, however. While journals may be available online to students of every university in the near future, total online distribution of such materials , while possible, will undoubtedly never be available without a pay-for-view or subscription model.