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Search Strategies: Google

Search tips for using DiscoverE, Google, WorldCat, and Databases

Google

Google Web

  • To restrict searches to educational sites, add site:.edu to your search phrase (see example in box below).  The same technique can be used to restrict searches to specific academic or scholarly sites, e.g.,
    • site:aarweb.org (American Academy of Religion)
    • site:www.h-net.org (Humanities and Social Sciences Network)
    • site:wikipedia.org
  • See Google's "Cheat Sheet" for advanced syntax options and Google's tips on "Sharpening queries."
  • You can also create your own Google Custom Search Engine in which you can choose which sites to be searched.

Google Book

  • Check Google Book for digitized books from major publishers and universities. Only those out of copyright (75 years old or more) are fully accessible; others are only partially accessible but often you can see enough to get real information or at least determine whether you want to request the complete work.

Google Scholar

  • Check Google Scholar for scholarly articles. Look for links to full-text at Emory.

Beyond Google

  • Search DiscoverE or EUCLID to find unique materials or cataloging notes not found on Google.
  • Search proprietary databases in Databases@Emory for licensed materials not indexed on Google
  • Search OAIster (moved in 2009 to WorldCat) to access digitized archives in a format not searchable by Google

Google Web

Google Scholar

Google Books

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