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FAQs for Online & Distance Students: Research Help

This guide contains FAQs for students in Simmons' Online programs, as well as distance students.

Searching for Articles

A quick demonstration of how to search for and narrow down a broad topic.  To see it in fullscreen, click play and then the button with the rectangle icon on the bottom right of the video.

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is a great place to start doing research. It is a search engine for scholarly articles, similar to Simmons databases. The difference is that Google Scholar is a wider search, but It is also more difficult to narrow down the results. You will probably still want to use Simmons databases for additional research.

In Google Scholar, you will be able to search your topic and find results that you have access to as a Simmons student. You may request the ones we don't via Interlibrary Loan if you wish. If Simmons has the article you want, you will see a second link to the right of the result. The link will take you directly to the article in the database that Simmons subscribes to. 

Add Simmons University to the "Library Links" section of your browser's Google Scholar preferences to automatically connect to Simmons University resources in your search results.

Find a Research Guide

Book a Research Appointment

Meet with a librarian over the phone or via videoconferencing. Make an appointment with a librarian, or get in touch with someone now. If the times listed for your preferred librarian are not convenient, email your librarian to find another time.