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PHYS 499 : Library Resources Guide

Resources & Tips for Physics Research for Seniors & Juniors

Using Google'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 BSU Full Text Access in Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be set up to provide access to some of Boise State's full text articles.

Step 1: Go to and select the Menu in the top left corner of the screen.

Google Scholar home page with arrow pointing toward menu


Step 2: Click the "Settings" link at the bottom of the menu.

Google Scholar Settings menu


Step 3: Click the "Library links" link in the left-side menu.

Link to find Library links in Google Scholar settings


Step 4: Use the search box to find Boise State, check the appropriate boxes, and click the "Save" button.

Google Scholar library links for Boise State


Step 5: Now every time you search Google Scholar, the "Find it at Boise State" link will appear.

Click on the Find it at Boise State 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

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