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Workshops and Classes: iSkills: Google for Academic Research

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Bodleian iSkills: Google for Academic Research

Google is often dismissed as being irrelevant to the academic literature search. However, changes to the nature of the dissemination of scholarly research and official information in recent years mean that a wealth of relevant information can be accessed via standard Internet search engines such as Google. Too often however such information is lost amongst thousands of irrelevant, spurious and misleading results. Based on an understanding of how the Google search engine works this practical workshop will show you the basic techniques to hone in on high quality academic material from Google searches. Given concerns about the privacy costs of a ‘free’ search within search engines such as Google, alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo.

Objectives. By the end of the session you will:

  • Be able to find high quality academic material using Google
  • Understand how Google works
  • Use alternative search engines including DuckDuckGo.

Intended Audience:  All DPhils and Research Students in the Social Sciences

Dates and booking

Thursday 27 April 14.00-16.00 Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room > Book a place


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Presenters:  Tom Dale and Cathy Scutt

Format:  Presentation with practical exercises

What you will need? A computer will be provided. If you prefer to bring your own laptop, please read our guidance notes.

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