When using Google Scholar, it is helpful to keep these questions in mind:
As a research tool, Google Scholar is good for many tasks, and not as good for others. When deciding whether to use Google Scholar or one of the library's databases, please keep the following in mind:
Google Scholar is good for...
Google Scholar cannot...
Keep in Mind:
Using AND, OR, and NOT
To access Advanced Search in Google, run a normal search and select the settings icon located in the top right corner of the screen. Select Advanced search!
You will be given a list of boxes where you can type is more specific search commands. Beside each box is a brief explanation of how your search will be affected. You don't have to fill out every box!
When working on a research assignment, you want to use resources that are trustworthy. If you aren't using the library's website to find scholarly articles, it can be tricky to tell if what is on the internet is a credible source. Domains with a ".edu" (e.x. uwf.edu) or ".gov" (e.x. epa.gov) are typically trustworthy. You can tell Google to search in specific domains!
E.X. 1: Finding information on epa.gov: Search: coral bleaching site:epa.gov (do not put a space in site:epa.gov!)
E.X. 2: Finding information on any government website: Search: oil spill site:.gov (no spaces in site:.gov)
E.X. 3: Finding information from an academic institution: Search: lionfish site:.edu (no spaces in site:.edu)