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 is a powerful search tool, but its additional features are under-utilized. Learn about the various filtering and advanced search features available to you.
Things to consider:
When you do a Google search, you can filter your results to see only news, videos, books, and more.
To filter your results, choose the type of results (News, Videos, etc.) from the menu at the top of the results list. Click More to see other options such as Books.
To filter news by date:
Statistics Canada is a website and government agency legislated to provide statistics for Canada and each of its provinces.
Find more statistics by Googling the topic you want to know more about and adding the words Canada statistics. For example, Homeless youth Canada Statistics.
As with all research online, be sure to assess the following aspects of the information:
Google allows you to filter your search results to images. When searching for images for your assignments, search for images that you are allowed to reuse.
To search for reusable images in Google:
Just like information, most images you use will need to be cited or attributed in some way. When you find an image you are allowed to use, ask yourself the following questions:
For more information on citing images, visit the Build Citations page of the Research hub.
By using quotation marks in your search, you can search for an exact phrase where specific words are directly beside each other. For example, “improve your body image”.
Sometimes, if Google can't find results for all of your search terms, it gives you results of the best match. To ensure that all results MUST include a particular word, you can use quotation marks around that important word, e.g. “body image” and “food”
To search search for information on pages within a single website:
This will retrieve all pages on the specific website that contain your search terms. In the example, google would retrieve pages on travel.gc.ca (Government of Canada travel website) that contain the term COVID-19.
You can search for specific types of websites by searching for specific domain types.
Common domain types and their meanings:
You can search for specific files, such as PDFs, by adding file: followed by the document type after your search terms. E.g. Elon Musk file:.pdf
Common file types:
You can open Google Advanced search using either of the following methods:
The Advanced Search Screen gives you tips on how to write out your search. For example:
Google Scholar is a search engine for scholarly articles and case law. Not all articles will be full text, and these search results will be different from the articles you will find by searching through your college library; however, if you cannot access an article through Google Scholar, you may be able to find it in Library Search.
Tip: Don't miss out on articles.Set up Google Scholar - open in a new window to check if the full text of articles is available via your college library.