Answered By: Emily Morton-Owens
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021     Views: 1434

During busy times of the semester Google Scholar interprets users coming to Google Scholar through the library proxy as bots. You may be presented with a CAPTCHA challenge where part of the challenge is missing and therefore impossible to complete.

Try this approach, instead:

  1. Go to

  2. Click on the cog for settings

  3. Click on Library Links in the left menu.

  4. Search for University of Pennsylvania and select 'University of Pennsylvania - Full Text via PennText'

  5. Save settings. (For the settings to stick, you will need to be logged into a Google account.)

Continue searching using as your starting point, i.e. not using Scholar through proxy. This will prevent Scholar from misidentifying you as a bot, but the PennText setting above means you will still be able to access our subscriptions.

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