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Welcome to a Guide for Google
Everyone uses Google but not everyone knows how to search Google in the most effective way!
Tips on how to search Google effectively
“how to dance like lady gaga”
OR (in capitals) works for finding synonyms
“Smith denied” OR “Smith claimed” OR “Smith argued”
Will find more pertinent websites about the controversy involving Smith
To exclude words from your results use minus sign -
You’re visiting Edinburgh but don’t want to visit the castle
Use intext:[keyword] to ensure that exact word appears on the web page:
intext:”San Antonio” intext:Alamo
Use site:[url] to search a specific site or domain
A simple way to broadly search for “scholarly” literature
Searches journal articles, theses, books, etc.
Advanced Search option
On campus access via the A-Z list of online resources from the Portal – this allows you to see "Univ. of Stirling Links" in the results (this is a link to webbridge so you can check whether we have full text of articles).
Off campus, to view Stirling's links, use the Scholar Settings option (right hand side corner of the Google scholar page), choose Library Links, search for Stirling, select the Stirling University Library option. Click Save.
Note you can also set up importing to a bibliographic software package, e.g., Refworks at this stage
Google Alerts are email (or RSS) updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries
Enter a search query you wish to monitor – choose settings
“wind turbines” site:uk