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Finding Articles and Books

This guide is to help you find articles and books for your assignments or course readings.

What this part of the guide is about

For the most part, this guide is about helping you get access to articles by:

  1. Access the full text version of the articles on Google Scholar via Library Links
  2. Checking for Institutional Access (i.e. checking if the library has a subscription to the article you want)
  3. Installing "Check SIT Library" bookmarklet

There are also tips on making Google Scholar searches more effective at the bottom of this page.

Related information (Accessing Content)

Enable FullText@SIT Library Link in Google Scholar

Library links are article-level links to subscription full text for users affiliated with a library. This program works best for electronic resources, such as journal and conference articles. Follow the steps here to enable the Library Links on Google Scholar to access to SIT Library's subscribed resources.

Step 1: Go to Google Scholar and click on the three lines at the top left corner. Select Settings in the drop down menu that appears. 

Step 2: On the Settings page. select Library Links on the left column. Follow the mini steps to show SIT Library's access links on your results page.

Step 3: Refresh your search results and see the difference!


After clicking the FullText@SIT link, you will be brought to the SIT Library's ​record​ of the article. How do you get to the article itself? Here is a step to step guide to get you there.  

Google Scholar Search Tips

1. Avoid stop words.

The more stop words in your query (such as adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, or forms of "be"), the less likely your results will include what you're looking for.

2. Incorporating Boolean operators.

​Boolean operators are words that tell Google Scholar which sets of data (in this case, the data is search results) you want. The Boolean Operations used in Google differs sightly from the usual ones used in Database.

Boolean Operations Google
AND Spacing between words is automatically implied as AND in all Google Searches. It is not necessary to join search terms with AND
"Phrase searching" Searching with quotation marks around a word e.g. "fruitcakes and potatoes" will retrieve results with the exact phrase "fruitcakes and potatoes" in them, in that exact word order.
NOT The minus sign '-" is used to denote NOT in google search, do note that the minus sign must be in front of each word you want to exclude without any spacing. E.g. -Table



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3. Swapping it around! Re-arrange the word order in your search.

​Word order matters to search engines. Search engines assume that the first word in your search must be the most important and search with the first word as a priority. ​Look at the comparison. 

When Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is placed before Therapy


When Therapy is placed before Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

4. Use varied terms in your search strategy.

People describe the same thing differently. You may need to replace some words with other words of the same meaning (synonyms) or related concepts to get your desired results.

For example, "resistance training" and "strength training" and "strengthening exercises" all refer to exercises that aim to increase the strength of muscles. However if you only search with one of those terms, Google will only show you articles with that particular phrase, limiting your search results. Thus, you can expand your search by swapping words for their synonyms.

Depending on what you are searching, you may consider to also search using related concepts to "strength training" like skeletal muscles, muscle contraction, etc.