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  • 1. Power Searching Google and Google Scholar
    Laura Wilson, Reference Librarian
    Framingham State College
    September 23, 2009
  • 2. 2
    Advanced Google Search
    Click here for
    advanced search
  • 3. The Advanced Search Page
  • 4. Boolean and Phrase Search : AND, “ ”, OR, NOT
    Puts AND between each keyword – broad search (default setting for basic Google search)
    Example : American soccer teams retrieves
    American AND soccer AND teams
    any of these words anywhere on the page
    Puts quotation marks around the keywords, search as a phrase – more narrow search
    Example: “American Soccer Teams” retrieves
    pages that have the phrase
    American Soccer Teams
  • 5. Boolean and Phrase Search: AND, “ ”, OR, NOT
    What your advanced search looks like in the basic search box
    Phrase search
    “American Soccer Teams”
  • 6. Boolean and Phrase Search: AND, “ ”, OR, NOT
    Puts OR between your keywords – very broad search
    any of these words anywhere on the page
    Eliminates unwanted terms that are retrieved from the search
    Example: “American Soccer Teams” –college
    Retrieves pages that mention the phrase American Soccer Teams
    and not the word college
  • 7. More Tools
    Here you can :
    • Increase the number of websites listed per page
    • 8. Select websites written in a particular language
    • 9. Select the type of file that your search retrieves
    • 10. PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, Excel Spreadsheets,
    and more!
    • Example: filetype:pdf , filetype:ppt
    • 11. Search within a particular website or type of website
    • 12. Example: , ,
  • Even More Features!
    • Date will retrieve recently updated pages
    • 13. Find the latest news on your topic
    • 14. Where your keywords show up
    • 15. Anywhere in the page : very broad, may not be relevant
    • 16. In the title of the page : Probably relevant to your search
    • 17. In the text of the page: broad, may only mention your keywords once
    • 18. In the URL of the page: Probably relevant to your search, but may not retrieve other useful sites
    • 19. In links to the page: Find links to other websites related to your keywords
  • Even More Features!
    Find pages similar to the page: searches for websites related or
    similar to a specific URL
    Retrieves pages similar
    Find pages that link to the page: searches for websites that link to
    the URL you input
    Retrieves pages that link to
  • 20. Synonyms ~
    Use this symbol to retrieve synonyms for your keyword
    Example : ~feminism , ~basketball
    Nesting ( )
    Use this to search for synonyms under a certain subject
    Example : cats (Persian OR Himalayan)
    Retrieves sites that mention Persian cats or Himalayan cats
    Wildcard *
    Use this as a placeholder for unknown words in a phrase
    Example: “Obama voted * on * bill”
    Other cool advanced search tips
    • Search scholarly literature using Google
    • 22. peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, articles and abstracts
    • 23. Information that generally is NOT free on the web and
    NOT accessible through a regular Google search
    • Connects with our library
    • 24. For example, if you find an article you need, there may be a direct link to that article in one of our databases
  • Be certain to access Google Scholar through the Henry Whittemore Library
    Connects directly with our holdings – saves you time in finding articles and books!
    Find the link in our A-Z list of databases on our homepage
    Click here for advanced search
  • 25. Advanced Search : Google Scholar
    • This box is very similar to Advanced Google search
    • 26. All words : AND between keywords
    • 27. Exact phrase : “ ”
    • 28. At least one word: OR between keywords
    • 29. Without the words: -term
    “American Soccer Teams” –college
    • Where my words occur:
    • 30. Anywhere in the article : broad search, results may or may not be relevant
    • 31. In the title of the article: more narrow, results may be more relevant but may also miss good sources
  • Advanced Search : Google Scholar
    Search by AUTHOR of an article, book, theses, etc.
    Search for articles published in a particular Journal
    • Results may be narrow and incomplete
    • 32. There may be different ways to spell the name of a journal
    Search for current information on your topic by Date
    • Search by year only
  • Advanced Search : Google Scholar
    Search in a particular subject area
  • 33. Google Scholar supports most of the same Advanced Search operators from the Google search engine
    Synonyms ~
    Nesting ( )
    Wildcard *
    Advanced Search : Google Scholar