Google Advanced & Google Scholar
From Rachel Walters on August 19th, 2019
It is always best to research through the OCLS databases. “Don’t just ask Google!” is a good rule to follow. However, there are some things you can do to make Google work better for your searching. In this video I am going to demonstrate an advanced Google search and show you how to link OCLS to Google Scholar.
I am going to
Google.com. If you have the Chrome browser and it automatically opens to a
Google search page you will need to go to Google.com. I am doing this so I have
access to the search settings at the bottom of the page. In the bottom right
corner click on Settings and select Advanced Search.
In the first field (all
of these words) I will put time management for adult college students.
In the second field
(exact word or phrase) I will put "adult students", "adult
I want to narrow down time management tips for adult students and there are several terms that are used. If you do not have a phrase to put here don’t worry. Putting your important words in the first field will get you started.
I am going to go down to
the site or domain field and put .edu. This will limit the results to
.edu websites. If you wanted to put a specific website here and only search
that site you could do that as well.
Depending on your topic
you might find it helpful to narrow your search by language and when the
source was last updated. You can try the various options and see what
works for you.
I am going to go ahead
and click Search.
I get approximately 20
thousand search results.
When did a regular
Google search for time management for adult college students, I received
over 300 hundred and 11 million search results.
Conducting an advanced
Google search helps you to narrow down your search results to sources that will
be more helpful to you.
Now I want to show you
how to link OCLS library resources to Google Scholar.
I am going to
scholar.google.com and click on the hamburger icon in the upper left hand
corner. Click Settings. Once you are in the settings menu select Library
links on the left side of the page. In the search bar type Indiana
Wesleyan University and search. Check the box next to Indiana Wesleyan
University Library and click Save.
I am going to search again for time management for adult college students.
You will see on the
right side of the search results that some of them have Efirstname.lastname@example.org.
This means that those sources are available through OCLS.
Before you click on anything, I recommend that you open any links in a new tab by right clicking the link or holding down the CTRL button when you click the link. This way you won’t leave your search.
If you click on the title it will take you to the publisher’s page for the article.
If you click on
Eemail@example.com it will take you to the article in the OCLS databases.
When you find an article,
you would like to save click on the star and it will add it to your
To see articles that you
have saved click on My library in the menu bar on the right side of the
We hope this overview of
Google Advanced and Google Scholar has been helpful.
Remember to contact Off Campus Library Services if you have any questions or need help with your research!