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Google Scholar

Searching Google Scholar

You may want to supplement your Database searching with Google Scholar, which searches across many disciplines and sources:

  • peer-reviewed papers
  • theses
  • books

from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

There are two options for more sophisticated searching:

1. Google Search Operators

You might be familiar with quotation marks and site searching in Google, but there are many more options. Here is a list of Google search operators.

2. Google Advanced Search

Advanced search allows you to limit by author, title, date, etc. To access advanced search, open the menu icon ().

Advanced Search

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.

Google Scholar & Findit@BC

Google Scholar works well for broad searches of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources.

You can set up Google Scholar to provide FindIt@BC links which show you Boston College material; online articles, journals in our collection, or the option to request an article or book through Interlibrary Loan.

To set up Google Scholar to display FindIt@BC links:

  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Click on Settings
  • Choose Library links
  • Search for "Boston College" and select Boston College - Findit@BC

  • Don't forget to click "Save"!