Google Scholar can be great for finding articles, pre-published papers and more but do check the quality of the sources you've found.
You can set Google Scholar to link back to journals that we have here at Solent and to export directly into Refworks.
Searching Google to get the best results is not as straight-forward as you may believe. There are some tips you can use to improve the results.
Boolean ( AND, OR, NOT)
AND Google assumes you are connecting your terms with AND (so both words must be present) this is common to most databases/eResources.
OR if you use OR it must be in capitals (this is good practice for most databases). Connecting with OR means that either word needs to present – useful for synonmyns.
Google ranks the first word slightly higher than the second, the second slightly more than the third, etc.
- Human development returns different results to development human
How to use it
Searches for phrases “human development” searches for that exact phrase
Include word in search eg “human development” +lifespan
Exclude word from search “human development” –children
Use to restrict to top level domain - site:.ac.uk to find UK education sites, site:.nhs for NHS sites or :.gov.uk for government sites. (note the punctuation)
Searches for a missing word in a phrase - eg human * development to find human psychological development for example
Synonyms - finds words that are similar eg ~tobacco will find articles with cigarettes etc
Range search for numbers - use for prices? Ipad 300…399
Searches for multiple words in the text - allintitle: psychological development stages
Searches for a single word in the text or combine with “ “ to find phrase
Searches for multiple words in the title - allintitle: psychological development stages
Searches for single word in title –can use multiple times in the same search - intitle:psychological intitle: development
Gives definitions of words - define:human development