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Search Databases Like a Pro: Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Set up Google Scholar so that it directly connects you to the Benedictine Library's online journals.

1. Starting in Google Scholar, click Settings

Google Scholar Settings

 

2. Click Library Links

Google Scholar Library Links

 

3. Search “Benedictine” and check the boxes. Then, search "Worldcat" and check the box. Click Save, and you’re done!

 

Now when you search in Google Scholar, your results page will include BenU Library links along the right.

Google Scholar Links

 

Google Search Strategies

If your initial search query does not produce the desired results, try these search strategies.

Search Strategies Examples

Queries are not case sensitive.

Barack Obama and barack obama will retrieve the same results.

Results will typically include each word or punctuation mark included in the search query. Some stop words or exceptions apply.

 

Keep search queries simple and descriptive and use as few terms as possible. Avoid natural language queries as they can limit your results.

Use colorado statehood instead of when did colorado first become a state.

Google automatically truncates search terms. To prevent automatic truncation, use a + sign in front of each term.

A query on child retrives results with 'children" and "childcare".

Use double quotations marks ("") to search terms as a phrase and narrow your results. Google will only retrieve results that have those exact terms in the exact order typed.

A query on Barack Hussein Obama II will retrieve only those sites that refer to Obama by his full name. Sites that refer to him as simply 'Barack Obama' may be overlooked.

Use the site: feature to limit your results to a specific website or class of websites.

The query cloning site:online.wsj.com will only retrieve articles about cloning from the online version of the Wall Street Journal. A query on cloning site:.gov will only retrieve results within the government domain.

To allow for either of several words to appear in your results, use the OR operator. The operator must be in all caps.

A query on hotel OR lodging OR inn directories will retrieve any or all of the types of directories mentioned.

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