In this guide you will learn:
Below are some helpful tips that will make your Google searches more effective.
For your research:
“climate change” - enclose terms in quotation marks so that the words you enter are searched as a phrase
bikes OR bicycles - use OR to include either word. Note: OR must be capitalized
dyslexia reading - words are automatically "ANDed" together; no need to enter "and"
~intelligent - use ~ (tilde) before a term to learn synonyms for it
Mexico –New - use – (minus sign) to remove terms; include a space before
define: synopsis - use define: to learn definitions for search terms
For general information, personal use, and recreation:
weather: Boston - use weather: followed by a location to find weather conditions
time: Venice - use time: followed by a location to find local times around the world
stocks: goog - use stocks: followed by a ticker symbol to find stock quotes
movies: 03461 - use movies: + zip code or name of move and zip code to find out what's playing near you
Here are some important search conventions to remember:
Have you ever wondered why certain sites come up first in your Google searches?
The sites that are linked to most often on other pages come up first in your search. Google thus measures the popularity of the site.
Often this means that the most important sites associated with your search appear first, but this is not always the case. It's important that you do not simply choose to use the first sites that come up in your search.
Google Scholar can be an important search tool to employ for your research. It uses a search interface with which most students are familiar and sometimes will grant you access to the full-text of an article you need that is not found elsewhere.
We recommend, however, that you begin your research by using the article databases found on the Franklin Pierce University Library web site. To access these databases click here http://libguides.franklinpierce.edu/az.php One of the advantages of using these databases is that many are subject-specific. In other words, if you are interested in finding articles on Physical Therapy, you can use the Medline database. Google Scholar, on the other hand, is not subject specific. Thus you might not find the best articles for your topic employing it. Also, when you use Google Scholar you are not able to limit and sort results as effectively as you can using the databases found via the link above. Finally, it also does not include useful features these databases do, such as the ability to email search results to yourself, or help you cite articles properly.
You can access Google Scholar here https://scholar.google.com/