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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 Non-Profit Websites


These sites can be reliable sources of information. Government sites are generally noted with the .gov at the end of the URL, and Non-Profits with .org. With Non-Profits it is important to investigate the organization 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.