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EDUC970901: Research on Teaching


Google Scholar

Google Scholar Advanced Search

You may want to supplement your Database 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, etc. To access Google Scholar advanced search, click the down-arrow on the right side of the search bar.

screenshot of Google Scholar showing advanced search option, a small black triangle on the right side of the search box

Google Scholar Advanced Search Options

Advanced search allows you to specify whole phrases and individual terms, combine terms, specify terms you don't want included in results, date range, author, journal, and where words occur in the article. Advanced search also gives you access to "My Library" (for saving articles), My Citations, Alerts, Metrics, and Settings.

screenshot of Google Scholar advanced search boxes

Google Scholar & Findit@BC

When you are working on campus, Google Scholar should provide links for each item labeled either FindIt@BC or Check BC Holdings. 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 FindIt@BC link from home. To do this, take the following steps:

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

Screenshot of google library preferences search box