Searching Google like a Scholar
After using the SVC Library databases, you can find reputable sources from Google if you follow the steps below. Google provides ways to fine tune a search but they are not obvious. To find reputable articles these steps are helpful. Learn how Google formulates a search to retrieve what you need.
To use Google's Advanced Search, click on Settings in the lower right hand corner of the Google start page.
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. Let's use the federal reserve for this example. We want to include all important terms but may want to also exclude some. Follow the steps below:
Find pages with…. Each line has directions on the right
All of these words: Individual words you want to appear in results
This exact word or phrase: federal reserve Google use quotations “federal reserve”
Any of these words: recession depression Google adds an ‘or’ between like words
None of these words: amazon Google puts a – before the word: -amazon
Numbers ranging from: Dates can be entered here
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 wa.gov To limit results, in our case .gov may be helpful
Safe search: Use if you feel you need to
Reading level: Advanced or Intermediate Essential for scholarly results – just don’t pay
File type: Selecting a pdf file may get you articles