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Research in ENGL185: Better at Google

Google tips

The video above covers this, but I'll put it in a simple bulleted list:

  • For search terms with more than one word, put them in quotes
    • mental health will work as a search term, but you will be better off with "mental health"
  • Using the Boolean terms AND, OR totally works in google, you just need to put them in caps - I wish I knew why
    • megaliths OR Stonehenge AND mystery OR conspiracy
  • To limit your search to a type of site, or a specific site, use site:
    • "community gardens" site:.gov - will return pages by the US government or states
    • "community gardens" site:rollingstone.com - will return pages only from www.rollingstone.com

I can't say I'd start my searching with google, but use the library resources to build  your searches, then try out google.