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Citing and Writing Help

Information on writing, searching, evaluating sources, scholarly vs. popular articles, and citing your sources in APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian style.

Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar with the SJSU Find It feature to find scholarly articles within the university collection.

Set your preferences in Google Scholar:

  1. Go to Google Scholar
  2. Click on SettingsSettings
  3. Click on "Library Links" in the left column and type in: San Jose State University
  4. Select "San Jose State University – Find It@SJSU"
  5. Click "Save"

Find a Specific Article with Google Scholar

To find a specific article using Google Scholar, go to and enter the title of the article, in quotation marks. 

Google Scholar

If the title was entered correctly, the result should look like this:


Click the SJSU GetText link to find the article in one of the King Library's databases. To find out more about the GetText service, watch the tutorial Using GetText.

If you can't find the article searching for just the title, try the Advanced Search. Click on the arrow next to "My Citations" and select Advanced Search. Enter as much information as you can in the search fields. Enter the title of the article under "with the exact phrase" for best results.

Google Scholar Advanced Search

If the article is not available through the King Library, you can request it using Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). This is a service that will e-mail you a copy of the article from another library.