Making The Most Out Of Google

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Simple training session on google for a bunch of OTs.

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Making The Most Out Of Google

  1. 1. Making the Most Out of Google: 10 Techniques to Improve Search Kieran Lamb Head of Library Services Fade Library www.fade.nhs.uk
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>How a search works </li></ul><ul><li>Using OR to expand a search </li></ul><ul><li>Excluding words from a search </li></ul><ul><li>Phrase Searching </li></ul><ul><li>Searching Within a Web Page’s Title </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for Several Words in Web Page’s Title </li></ul><ul><li>Searching All Forms of a Word </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Limiting a Search to a type of site </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar for Academic Articles </li></ul>
  3. 3. Basic Search <ul><li>Google automatically uses AND </li></ul><ul><li>The more words you type in the less results you get </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Does That Work?
  5. 5. Expanding a Search <ul><li>Medicine has a soft vocabulary with plenty of synonyms use OR to include them </li></ul><ul><li>You might need to us brackets to separate OR statements </li></ul>
  6. 6. How Does That Work?
  7. 7. Excluding Words from a Search <ul><li>Sometimes you need to exclude a concept from a search </li></ul><ul><li>This can be negative in that the second search here will exclude information comparing the use of nurofen and paracetamol in reducing childhood fevers </li></ul>
  8. 8. How Does That Work?
  9. 9. Phrase Searching <ul><li>You can reduce the amount of rubbish you retrieve by searching for phrases by using speech marks to denote a phrase </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ lung cancer” </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Searching Within a Web Page’s Title <ul><li>You can be more specific in your search by searching the title information of web pages using the intitle: option </li></ul><ul><ul><li>intitle:&quot;lung cancer“ </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Searching for Several Words in Web Page’s Title <ul><li>You can be more specific in your search by searching the title information of web pages using the allintitle: option allows you to specify several words that must be present. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>allintitle: </li></ul></ul>

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