Skip to Main Content

Advanced Google

google scholar logo

Google Scholar allows you to search across a wide range of academic literature including journal articles, books, conference proceedings, and theses.

Check out this video from our librarian, Alex Kustanovich, for an introduction to the world of Google Scholar.

Setting up Library Links

You can customize Google Scholar to provide full-text links to content available through the SFC Library's subscriptions. If you are off-campus, you will need to manually set up library links following these steps:

Step 1: Click the menu button on the Google Scholar search page   Menu icon

Step 2: Click settings (the gear icon)  Settings icon

Step 3: Select 'Library Links' and search for St Francis College

Step 4: Check the boxes for St Francis College Library in the search results. Also select 'Open WorldCat - Library Search to include articles freely available online in your results. Then click 'Save'.

Library Links

When full text of an article is available through an SFC Library subscription, you will see the 'Full Text @ SFC Library' link to the right of the article.

Full text link

Advanced Search

The search functionality of Google Scholar is not as flexible and responsive as traditional library databases. The 'Advanced Search' feature is one way that you can maximize the effectiveness of your searches Google Scholar. Here's how to access it:

Step 1: Click the menu button on the Google Scholar search page     Menu icon

Step 2: Click 'Advanced Search'.    Advanced Search icon

Step 3: Complete the advanced search fields and click the 'Search' icon.     Search icon


To access the citation tool in Google Scholar, click on the quotation mark below the article description.Cite icon

Citation Searching with Google Scholar can be a powerful way to find relevant resources, assemble a bibliography and track the development of ideas over time. To access a list of results that have cited this article click the "Cited by" link below the article description.

Cited by

Note: The list of results that have cited this article are limited to those which Google Scholar can access - ie. not all of the research to have cited this article will be listed here.

My Library

The 'My Library' feature in Google Scholar allows you to save articles directly from the search results page and organize them by topic.

To save an article, click on the star icon below the article description.   My Library icon

You can attach labels to your saved articles to organize them by topic or course. To attach a label:

  • Check the boxes next to the article you wish to label.

  • Click on the label icon at the top of the screen. Select an existing label or create a new one.

  • You will see the label appear next to the article title. You can add multiple labels to each article.

  • Use the menu on the left to view a list of articles in each labeled folder.

My Library