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The image below shows how you can use quotation marks to limit to exact phrases
for example "Washington State" or "Genetically modified foods" or "stand your ground laws"
using quotation marks around an exact title is also helpful "Gun Laws in Washington State: A Geographic Study"
The image also shows how you can use the built in Boolean tools using the drop down to change from AND, OR, NOT or how you can add those tools to the search yourself.
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Using Google Scholar to find Peer-Reviewed Research
Understanding How to Use Google Scholar
Google Scholar can be very useful in finding about articles on a topic. You may not always get free, immediate access to the content it shows you, but Google Scholar can certainly be a great place to get started and see what kinds of content is out there.
Here are some features as highlighted in the image below.
You can click on the title of an article to read the abstract and information about where the article was published.
By clicking on the small quotation mark icon that appears under the article, you can see a list of citations, in various citation styles including MLA and APA, for the source. Be sure to check these against a style guide as they may be incorrect or incomplete.
You can limit by date, or a date range to ensure you're finding the most relevant content - and depending on your topic, that might be important.
If the article is freely available online, there is often a PDF icon and link off to the left.
And, if in your settings, you at GRC as one of your libraries, the results page will even note and link you to articles housed in the GRC library databases.
You can request any articles that you learn about here, but are not given full-text access to, through Interlibrary Loan. Use the links for more information about this process or talk to a librarian if you need help!
Search the full text of 400 journals in 20 disciplines including Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, Ecology, Literature, Mathematics, Statistics, and Visual and Performing Arts.
See all of the library's database collections, sorted by subject area. This list is a good place to see the entire list of electronic article resources available in a specific field. You will need to use your Student ID to log in from off-campus.
Search Articles Using Primo One Search
Instead of searching in the databases directly, you can use the main catalog on the Holman Library homepage to search for books, ebooks, videos, and articles from journals, magazines, newspapers, and more.
Note down the author, title of article, name of the magazine, journal or newspaper, and date of publication
Make an Interlibrary Loan Request using the link below. Digital articles will be sent directly to you if you provide your email. Print articles are sent to Holman Library. We can arrange to send them to you or you can pick them up from the library.
Note: Requesting electronic articles from another library often takes 1-3 business days, or up to a week for physical item requests.
Or Ask a Librarian for help by using the chat feature on the "Get Help" tab of this guide!