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IDH 2911 (Interdisciplinary Studies East): Advanced Google Searching

This guide is for students of IDH 2911 research track.

Advanced Google Tips

Follow the steps on the right to view advanced Google search tips.  For further information, follow this brief video or click the guide below for more in depth information.

Suggested Advanced Searching Tools

Using Advanced Google doesn't actually help you find a scholarly source. It only helps you limit your search to certain kinds of web pages. So what's it doing in this guide? These tools may help you filter out the less credible web sites so that it's easier to find the good ones.

Go to Advanced Google Searching

Suggested Advanced Searching Tools

Domain Search:

Where it says "Search within a site or domain," you can enter a domain type such as .edu, .gov, .com or .org.  Country codes can also be usedin a domain search to pull up websites from specific countries. This is useful particlarly when searching for Humanities related art, architecture and other topics. Ex. Search for the Taj Mahal on only Indian Websites.

Date:

Click the little plus sign where it says Date, Usage, Rights, Region and More. By date, click the drop-down menu to select a date range that works for your topic. Understand this is not necessarily when the article or information was written, so it doesn't guarantee an up-to-date article. It just means when the site was last updated.

Where Your Key Words Show Up:

This is a nifty little tool that's not often used. In this drop down menu, try "In Links to The Page." It means you'll get results that people linked to with your search words. For example, imagine you are searching for crime statistics. Wouldn't you love to find a link that actually said "Crime Statistics?" You'd expect that page to be very relevant to your search! This option finds those pages for you.

Find Pages Similar to the Page:

This one only helps if you already have one web site that is very good and you need more. Enter the address of the first web site here, and Google will look for other pages that are similar.

Filetype:

Another powerful and little used tool.  Try this: limit to Adobe .PDF and set your domain search to .edu or .gov.  This usually delivers high quality and often published articles from credible journals and whitepapers.

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