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Getting Articles

Where's the Article?

If you search a database and the full article's not there, don't despair.  Look for the "FindIt" button:  or FindIt@BC.  Find It will offer help including:

  1. If BC has the full text in another database, you will be taken to a list of databases for the full text. 
  2. If BC subscribes to the print journal where the article appeared, the Catalog will say Find in Library and you can check which library or libraries may have the year/issue you need and where it is located.
  3. If the article is not available online or in print at BC, use the link to Request the item. We can usually get the article from another library within a few days and email it to you.

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

Screenshot of google library preferences search box

  • Don't forget to click google "save" button

Read&Write

read and write logo a purple puzzle piece

Read&Write (R&W) software is available to the Boston College community. Read&Write is a customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools with common applications. Some features include Text-to-Speech, Highlighting, Dictionary, Vocabulary Tool, and Study Skills tools to capture highlights. Whether it be text-to-speech, or another feature, Read&Write has a myriad of tools to support students in building independent learning skills to enhance overall success in college.