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An introduction to Boolean Search, Google Scholar and other tips for formatting search queries.
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Welcome!

Search engines such as Google and Google Scholar can be great places to jump start preliminary research. Often however, the amount of results received from a search query can be overwhelming! If you want to know how to make search engines, databases and library catalogs work for you you'll want to learn the language of searching.

Many search engines understand Boolean Operators which can help to specify exactly the information that you are looking for. Additionally Google and Google Scholar use their own keywords to help guide search responses.

 

Google Scholar and the Library

Google Scholar can be both a wonderful and a frustrating source for scholarly articles. When searching from home or from outside of the library many of the articles displayed by Google Scholar will not be freely accessible. You might be able to read the abstract but will be prompted to pay to view the full-text of the article.

By accessing Google Scholar from the library or while also signed-in to your MySFC account (from anywhere!) Google Scholar will automatically alert you when full text articles are available through the library's databases FOR FREE!

Just look for the "Full-Text @ SFC Library" Link on the right side of the search results for full-text articles. Other links in this column will also lead you to full-text articles from other sources such as JSTOR, a databases accessible through SFC Library.

Now You're Ready to Use Google Scholar!

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