• Better Googling

    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.  

    Watch the video to find out how



    Better Googling 

    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

     

    Operator

    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

     

    Site:

    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

     

    Allintext:

    Searches for multiple words in the text -   allintitle: psychological development stages

     

    Intext:

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

     

    Allintitle:

    Searches for multiple words in the title  -   allintitle: psychological development stages

     

    Intitle:

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

     

    Define:

    Gives definitions of words  -  define:human development