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International Students' Resource Guide

Google Scholar Search

If you are searching Google Scholar off-campus, set your preferences in Google Scholar Settings to link to the Saint Mary's online collections.

Google Scholar Search

Is Your Source Credible?

For information on journal quality and what to look out for when searching for journal articles on the web (e.g., in Google Scholar), see the Library's Open Access guide page on Predatory Publishers.

You can also look up a journal in the following source as one way to check for quality and credibility:

Searching Databases to Find Journal, Magazine & Newspaper Articles

To search for articles in several databases at once, select the Articles tab on the search box, available on the Library's homepage.

Screenshot of the Patrick Power Library search tool, focusing on "Articles".

Please note: Using the above search is not meant to replace searching in individual journal databases. It is a very broad search tool, so not all of the advanced and specialized features of each journal database may be available.

To search for articles in a particular database, go to the Library's website and click on the Databases A-Z link to see an alphabetical listing of library databases.

Screenshot of the Patrick Power Library home page search bar, with "Databases A-Z" circled in red.

A list of databases will appear:

Screenshot of database list provided by the Patrick Power Library.


Journal and Search Alerts

Most databases allow you to set up a personal account where you can save your searches. Many journals allow you to receive alerts of new issues or new articles that match your research criteria. Look for RSS, Save as Search Alert, TOC Alert, e-alerts, etc. The following guide shows you how to set up alerts:

What are Scholarly Journals?

What are Scholarly Journals?   

Photograph of three journals.

Also known as peer-reviewed journals and academic journals. Many scholarly journals are peer-reviewed. If a scholarly journal is peer-reviewed, it means that the articles contained within the publication have been anonymously reviewed and evaluated by scholars in the field prior to publication. This process ensures that the quality of the research presented is high.

You can establish if a journal is peer-reviewed by looking at the guidelines for article submission (often found in the front or back of the issue), or by consulting the journal's website for this information. The Library's Research Help desk can also help you identify peer-reviewed journals and articles.

Need help finding journal articles? Check out this guide: