Some Useful Websites
Google Scholar Search
Google Scholar makes it easy to search within academic, government and NGO sites - but not company websites.
CAUTION: Google Scholar also includes links to full-text journal articles, but there is often a fee to view. Don't worry, in many cases we have the same access though our full-text databases. Just take a note of the important details (author, title, volume and date), then check our range of databases.
Google Search Tips
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a student in need of information will make a straight line for Google.
General searching on Google often turns up hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of results. How to sift through it all? Some of these tips may help narrow down the field.
Exact Phrase: " "
What it does: Searches for an exact phrase.
What to type: "one small step for man"
What you'll get: Results that include the exact phrase "one small step for man"
Excluded Words: -
What it does: Excludes search results with a particular word or phrase
What to type: Bass -fishing
What you'll get: Results about bass that are not related to fishing.
Similar Words: ~
What it does: Searches for a word and all its synonyms.
What to type: ~mobile phone
What you'll get: Results with the word "phone," as well as "cell," "cellular," "wireless," etc.
Multiple Words: OR
What it does: Searches for webpages that include either word.
What to type: "vacation" "London" OR "Paris"
What you'll get: Results with the word vacation and either London or Paris.
Numberical Ranges: ...
What it does: Searches for a range of numbers.
What to type: Willie Mays 1950...1960
What you'll get: Results about Willie Mays during this time period.
Find Meanings: Define:
What it does: Defines a word or phrase.
What to type: Define: plethora
What you'll get: Links to definitions of the word "plethora"
Site Specific: Site:
What it does: Searches only particular websites.
What to type: Global warming site:edu
What you'll get:References to "global warming" on .edu websites.
Linked Pages: link:
What it does: Searches for webpages that link to a particular website.
What to type: link:www.umich.edu
What you'll get: Websites that link to the University of Michigan website.
Math Answers: 1+1
What it does: Basic calculator functions.
What to type: 4+7, 30% of 55, 20^2, sqrt(4), etc.
What you'll get: The answers.
Conversions: cm in feet
What it does: Converts units of measure.
What to type: cm in feet, 28C in F, $ in pounds, days in fortnight, miles in league, mph in speed of light, etc.
What you'll get: The converted answer.