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American Studies


Google Scholar

The primary goal of this guide is to help identify resources for studying various areas of American Studies.

Google Scholar & Find It

You may want to supplement your Databases searching with Google Scholar. It searches 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.

The advanced search includes many options, including the ability to limit by author, title, publication fields, date, country (to access the advanced search click on the arrow to the right of the search box). 



Advanced Search Options


Find It @ BC
When you are working on campus, Google Scholar should provide links for each item labelled either Find It @ BC or Check BC Collections. These lead you to full text of articles or to the Holmes catalog.

You can also set up Google Scholar so that you can get to the Find It @ BC link from home. To do this, take the following steps:

  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Click on Settings, a link at the of the top of the page.
  • Then choose Library links (left hand column)
  • Type in Boston College, click on Find Library, and select "Boston College Libraries--Findit@BC."