Learn some of the best strategies for searching the web, including powerful Google tips and tricks, and using Google Scholar for locating scholarly journal articles on the web, and in your library's databases.
Google Alerts are an excellent way of monitoring information. The Alerts are like your personalized research assistant, which, once setup, identify new content published on your topic, and send it to you via email, or push it to an RSS feed reader.
Learn more about Alerts by watching the short video, courtesy of Google News Lab.
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STEP 1: Go to the Google Alerts page: https://www.google.ca/alerts opens in new window
STEP 2: Type your keywords or phrases in the search box.
Tip: remember to use quotation marks around any exact phrases, e.g. "climate change", to keep the words together and in the same order.
STEP 3: Customize your alert. Select frequency, type of source (news, video, etc.), language, region, and number of resources per alert. Leave your email address, and 'Create Alert'.
Google is a powerful search tool, but its additional features are underutilized. Learn about the various filtering and advanced search features available to you, by watching the videos below. Here's a quick recap:
Search modifiers - compliments of Google.