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Search Strategies: Google

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


Google Web

  • To restrict searches to educational sites, add 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.,
    • (American Academy of Religion)
    • (Humanities and Social Sciences Network)
  • 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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