Know the choices of tools you have to choose from, starting with Google vs. Google Scholar.
Google Scholar allows you to search across many (not all) of the articles to which the library subscribes.
Google.com is a commercial venture. Results are based on popularity rather than on scholarly content and quality.
Each search engine has its own way of searching. For instance, Google uses hundreds of factors when considering which pages to show you, such as:
You must evaluate all web resources very carefully to determine if they're acceptable for a research paper. For information on how to evaluate web resources, see Evaluate Sources.
Google Scholar limits your Google search to scholarly material such as journal articles, books published by university presses, technical reports, and more. You will find excellent library and other resources here, but to carry out a complete search, you should also use library subscription databases.
For more on how to use Google Scholar, have a look at the video below.
Google Advanced features make your web searches more efficient. Advanced keyword searches, ability to limit by domain type (like .edu or .org), language, dates, and usage rights are some of the options.
Advanced Search can be found here or you can use the gear box to find it.
For a tips on using Google Advanced Search, take a look at the video below:
Use the search phrase you created for the Start Researching page to conduct a search using Google's advanced search feature AND in Google Scholar.
Note the number of results you got with each search.
Refine each of your searches to reduce the number of results. You can refine the search using synonyms, quotation marks, or other strategies listed on the previous page.
How many results did you get with the refined search?
Submit your refined search terms.