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Workshops and Classes: Google for academic research

Google for academic research

Below you will find a series of videos adapted from the iSkills workshop Google for Academic Research. The videos introduce you to why you may wish to use Google to find literature relevant to your research and explain how Google works, including various techniques to quickly filter your results for high quality academic material.

The videos cover:

The videos have captions and you will find transcripts as an alternative for each video.

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The video creators are Catherine Scutt and Kat Steiner.

Key Google tips - the 5 minute summary

Short on time? Watch this video for a short summary of the key search tricks to try in Google.

Video created by Kat Steiner, July 2020.  Tunning time 4:13

Google for academic research – Introduction

This short video introduces you to why you may wish to search for academically relevant literature on the Internet and why you may wish to use Google in particular.

Video created by Catherine Scutt, April 2021.  Running time 3:20.

Google for academic research - Getting to know Google

This video covers how you might approach developing your search strategy to use in Google, including some discussion of what Google is and how it works, particularly how it ranks your results. This section also includes the first of a few tips, showing that you can change the ranking of results by:

  • Changing the order of the search terms
  • Repeating one or more of your search terms one or more times

Video created by Catherine Scutt, April 2021.  Running time 7:27.

Google for academic research - Personalisation

This video explains some of how Google personalises your results, and what measures you can take to reduce this in order achieve a more neutral search appropriate for an academic literature search. The key tip from this section is to use incognito or private browsing.

Video created by Catherine Scutt, April 2021.  Running time 4:02.

Google for academic research - Locations in Google

This video explains Google’s country versions and makes some suggestions of techniques you can try in Google to get results more focused on a country other than the one you are currently based in, such as:

  • Settings > Advanced search > Narrow your results by… language
  • Settings > Advanced search > Narrow your results by… region
  • site: command, e.g. site:.no ; site:.fr

 

Video created by Catherine Scutt, April 2021.  Running time 4:37.

Google for academic research - Some search techniques

This video suggests some search techniques which are useful for searching both in library literature databases and in Google, including:

  • Add more search terms to focus on your topic
  • Use quotations marks for exact phrase searching
  • Consider alternative terms (singular, plural, synonyms etc.)
  • Wildcards

Video created by Catherine Scutt, April 2021.  Running time 4:14.

Google for academic research - More search techniques

This video suggests search techniques which you can try in Google in order to find more academically relevant results, including:

  • Intext: or Verbatim to get an exact match
  • Minus sign to replicate a Boolean NOT
  • Filetype:
  • Site:
  • Date searching

Video created by Catherine Scutt, April 2021.  Running time 6:22.

Google for academic research - Replicating results

This video briefly explains why you may find it impossible to get the same results twice within Google.

Video created by Catherine Scutt, April 2021.  Running time 1:47.

 

Google for academic research - Using Google with your own research question

This video suggest that you use our Google worksheet along with re-watching the previous 2 videos to try out various search techniques with your own research question.

Video created by Catherine Scutt, April 2021.  Running time 0:52.

Google for academic research - Alternatives: Bing and DuckDuckGo

This video suggests that you may wish to search in one or more search engines in addition to Google and describes some similarities and differences with Bing and with DuckDuckGo.

Video created by Catherine Scutt, April 2021.  Running time 8:16.

Google for academic research - A brief word on Google Scholar

This video explains how Scholar differs from both ordinary Google and the Bodleian Libraries SOLO search engine.

 

Video created by Catherine Scutt, April 2021. Running time 1:59.

Google for academic research - Full presentation

If you prefer to watch all the above parts 1 to 10 in one go, then here is a video of the full presentation.

Full transcript to follow. In the meantime, you can use the transcripts from Parts 1 to 10 above.

 

Video created by Catherine Scutt, April 2021. Running time 42:27

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