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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.
Alternative search engines, Bing and DuckDuckGo are also introduced.

The videos are in the process of being uploaded to this page, and the full set when loaded will cover:

  • How to find high quality academic material using Google
  • Understanding how Google works
  • Alternative search engines: Bing and DuckDuckGo
  • The videos have captions and you will find transcripts as an alternative for each video.

The video creators are Catherine Scutt and Kat Steiner.

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.

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