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Start Your Research

Just starting your research? Review the basics here.

With Google Scholar you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.


Search Google Scholar from here:

Google Scholar Search


Be sure to link Google Scholar to the MSMU Library to get free access to many library resources.

To do this from the Google Scholar homepage:

  • Click on Settings in the upper-right corner, or from the menu
  • Click on "Library Links" on the left
  • Type in "MSMU" or "Mount Saint Mary's"
  • Then check the box that says "MSMU Library- Full-Text @ MSMU"
  • Now your results will link to the MSMU libraries' resources. 

Once you are connected to MSMU you will see Library Links on the right-hand side.

Government and Nonprofit Websites

These sites can be reliable sources of information.

Government sites are generally noted with the .gov at the end of the URL, and nonprofits with .org.

With nonprofit organizations, it is important to investigate them thoroughly to ensure that you are getting reliable non-biased information.

Look at things like their funding sources, mission statement, about section to better understand the group.