• Better Googling

    Google Scholar 

    Google Scholar can be great for finding articles, pre-published papers and more but do check the quality of the sources you've found. Watch the video to see how to set up Library Links that tell Google Scholar to include details of resources held here at Solent.  You can also add a setting to tell Google Scholar to export records to RefWorks 

    Search Tips for Google 

    Searching Google to get the best results is not as straight-forward as you may believe.  Don't rely on Google giving you the best results at the top of results list - scroll though. 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. 

    See the video for more information on Boolean Searching 


    Word Order

    Google ranks the first word slightly higher than the second, the second slightly more than the third, etc.

    • Southampton Football  returns different results to Football Southampton


    How to use it

    “ “

    Searches for phrases  “chocolate milk”  searches for that exact phrase



    Include word in search  eg  “chocolate milk” +athletes



    Exclude word from search    “chocolate milk” –children



    Use to restrict to top level domain -  eg site:.ac.uk  to find UK education sites  (note the punctuation)



    Searches for a missing word in a phrase  - eg Southampton * Club   to find Southampton Football Club



    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



    Searches for a single word in the text or combine with “ “ to find phrase



    Searches for multiple words in the title  -   allintitle:Southampton football club



    Searches for single word in title –can use multiple times in the same search  -   intitle:biomechanics  intitle:soccer



    Gives definitions of words  -  define:biomechanics