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Google Scholar: Searching


One way of utilizing the search tool in Google Scholar is by adjusting your preferences to connect to the St. Charles Community College Library. This will allow you to discover articles from databases our library specifically subscribes to. This can be done by clicking on the "hamburger" icon in the upper left corner, and clicking on Settings. From there, you will click on Library Links, where you can then enter "St. Charles Community College" into the search bar. Be sure to click save before exiting the page. 

Full-Text Article Access

Below you will find an example of what a search on Google Scholar will look like once you've adjusted your settings. Highlighted to the right, you can click "Full Text@SCC Library" to see if SCC has full-text access to the article you're looking for. Highlighted below, you can click "Cited by" to see other authors who have cited that article. If you click "Related articles," you will be taken to other articles that are similar in subject matter. 


  • Use the Advanced Search function to get more specific in your searching. You can use Boolean Operators and other search strategies as a way of enhancing your searches. 
  • If you want articles published a certain year, you can limit your search by selecting "Custom range." 
  • Click "Since year" to limit your search to only recently published articles. 
  • Keep your searches simple.

Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Find Advanced Searching

Use the Advanced Search function to help limit your search results better. Click the "hamburger" icon in the upper left hand corner, and find "Advanced Search."


Advanced Searching

Enter different keywords in the various search bars according to how you would like to search for them.