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Google & Google Scholar

Learn how to maximize your use of Google for research purposes.

Google & Google Scholar

This guide provides links and resources to help you get the most out of using Google. Stop by the Research Center or contact us if you need further help or would like to speak with a librarian about using Google more effectively. 

Search Box Tips

If you want to.... Use... Example
Search for an exact phrase quotation marks "immigration reform"
Search for a word and its synonyms tilde mark music ~lyrics
Exclude words from your search hyphen or minus  Martin Luther -King
Get results that contain either word/phrase OR "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar" OR "Lew Alcindor"
Have Google fill in the blank or finish a word asterisk "like a rolling stone" was written by*
Get a definition of a word or abbreviation "define:" define: folk music
Search by a specific site or domain "site:" site:.gov climate change | site:.wsj.com business report
Search related sites "related:" related:time.com
Search within a URL "inurl:" inurl:autism
Search for a specific file type "filetype:" educational technology filetype:pdf
Search popular hashtags from trending topics hashtag #election2016
Search social tags at sign @osubuckeyes
Make conversions and do math calculations ____ in ____ 250 euros in US dollars | 20 degress C in F

Google Advanced Search

Google's Advanced Search provides more options than the familiar one-box. You can limit your search to: 

  • specific languages
  • specific regions
  • file types (.pdf, .doc, .ppt)
  • sites or domains (.gov, .org., .cnn, etc.)
  • last updated date
  • ...and more

 

Google Advanced Search

 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches for articles, patents, and legal documents. Be aware that what Google considers "scholarly" may not necessarily fit the typical definition.  (You may want to review our guides to Finding Scholarly Articles and Evaluating Resources before searching Google Scholar.)

Here are some things to look for when searching Google Scholar:  

 

Google Scholar

 

Also check out the Google Scholar Search Tips.

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