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Quick Google Tips
Google Search Operators: How to search for an exact phrase or word, exclude a term, search within a domain or site, use a "wildcard," and more.

Power Searching with Google Quick Reference: A short and sweet 2-page PDF providing general tips, not specifically scholarly or academic in orientation. Answers those pressing questions like "What exactly does a '+' do, and not do, in Google?"

Google Scholar Search Tips: Searching, alerts, library ("your personal collection of articles"), coverage, and more in a Q & A format.

Getting Full Text Articles

Start at Google Scholar.












Before - Few or no links to content you can access at no charge to you:


After - Includes links to articles in someof our databases:
Oh How Refined! Building a Better Search
 You can refine your search to reduce the quantity of results that are not what you wanted. Google Scholar offers sereral functions for refining your search.






























What's Not to Love?
What you don't know:
  • Which topics does it cover?
  • What types of material does it index or provide?
  • What time period does it cover?
In other words, you do not know the scope. (Grassian, What Is Google Scholar, How Does It Work..., 2013)

Misattributed authorship and other metadata problems. For example:



Other Tools May Be Better for Some Jobs:

While the "In Title" search in Google Scholar can be useful for refining your results, PubMed's TIAB (title and abstract) will miss fewer of the relevant articles without your phrase in the title.

PubMed, library catalogs, and some other resources offer a controlled vocabulary which brings articles together on the basis of their subject rather than the terms used. PubMed uses "city planning" for "urban planning."


Subject Specialist
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Lisa Euster
Research Librarian
Tel: (509) 963-1642

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