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Nutrition 101 Research Guide: Using Google Effectively

Searching Google as a Scholar


Searching Google like a Scholar

After using the SVC Library databases, you can find scholarly sources from Google if you use some tricks.  Follow the hints given to learn these tricks and help guarantee success.

Google provides ways to fine tune a search but they are not obvious.  It is necessary to follow the steps below.  Learn how Google formulates a search to retrieve what you need.

Begin by doing a simple search, for example:nutrition.  You will retrieve 260,000, 000 hits! 

Before starting a Google search, look to the lowerr right corner of the page for Settings.  Click on it and select  Advanced Search, which may become your new best friend!

Advanced Search enables you to learn to formulate a search in the way Google does.  Our search is for nutrtion for type 1 diabetics  We want to include all important terms but may want to also exclude some.  So, let’s create a search using the Advanced Search options:


Find pages with….                                                     Each line has directions on the right

All of these words: nutrition                                               Individual word(s) you want to appear in results

This exact word or phrase:  meat consumption                 Google use quotations “meat consumption"

 Any of these words:                                                         Google adds an ‘or’ between like words

 None of these words:  amazon                                        Google puts a – before the word: -amazon

Then narrow your results by:

 Language:                                                                        Not a concern as most results are in English

 Region:                                                                            Country only so you could add United States

 Last update:                                                                    Only use if you are concerned with dates

 Site or domain:  .gov or                                       To limit results, in our case .gov is good

 Safe search:                                                                   Use if you feel you need to

  File type:                                                                        Selecting a pdf file may get you articles or brochures 

Click on Advanced Search - look at the search box created by Google = nutrition "eating meat" -amazon


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