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Resources & Tips for Physics Research for Seniors & Juniors

Set Up Google Scholar to show Albertsons Library's Materials

It's easy! Just follow these steps.

1. Go to Google Scholar ( and click the menu bars on the top left

Arrow pointing to Menu bars in Google Scholar


2. Choose the Settings option.

Arrow pointing to Google Scholar Settings


3. Click on the Library links option on the left.

Arrow to library links in Settings in Google Scholar


4. Search for Boise State University and select the two check boxes for:  

  • Boise State University - Find It at Boise State (to see the Find It links in Google Scholar and link to full text articles) &
  • Open WorldCat - Library Search (to link to records of books owned by the Library).

Then click the save button.


Boise State University library links setup in Google Scholar


5. Now every time you search Google Scholar, you'll see links to Find it at Boise State.

Click on the Find it at Boise State link instead of the publisher's link. Albertsons Library subscribes to (purchases) content and provides you access for free! Why pay to purchase from a publisher when Albertsons Library gets you access for free?


Arrow to the Find it @ Boise State link in Google Scholar

Using Google Scholar's Advanced Search

Google Scholar Advanced Search can help you structure your search around the keywords you generated for your topic, and give you ideas of how to focus your search. To get to the Advanced Search feature:

1. Go to Google Scholar ( and click the menu bars on the top left

Google Scholar with arrow to pointing to menu bars


2. Choose Advanced Search

Google Scholar Menu with Advanced Search circled

The structure of Google Scholar's Advanced Search template allows you to easily structure your search around your keywords, return articles authored by a particular person, published in a specific journal, or published between specified dates.


Google Scholar Advanced Search template

Setting up a Google Scholar Content Alert

Once you have found results for a well targeted Google Scholar search, you can set up an Alert so every time new content is added in your research area, you receive an email notice.


From the search results page, scroll down to the bottom of the left navigation bar

Click the Create an Alert link

 Google Scholar create alert link

To make sure the Alert will be going to the correct email address, Click the Change Email tab and enter your preferred email address.

The name of the email Alert sent to you will automatically be your search statement. Click in the box and edit if you'd like the Alert to be called something else

You have the option of checking a box so Google Scholar will include additional less relevant results, i.e. materials that Google Scholar found that are close but missing some of one or more of your search parameters. This has the potential to increase your Alerts, and include more extraneous results that you may not want.

Click the Create Alert button

Google Scholar Create alert dialog box showing change email link, search statement box and Create Alert button