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Getting Started: Searching Tips

Effective searching techniques to help you find information

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles. 

Note that not all articles on Google Scholar are free, so if you find a good article, check the Library's databases to see if you can get it for FREE.

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Google Advanced Search

Google Advanced SearchGoogle provides an advanced search option which will help you refine your search to more relevant results. To get there just type in "advanced search" in Google. 

Limit by Site or Domain

Google search by domainSince sites with the .gov and .edu domains must meet certain criteria to be published with these domains, they tend to be more credible.You can limit your search within these domains by typing your search terms, then space, then "site:.gov" or "site:.edu"

Google search by siteOr search within a particular web site:

 

Getting a Google Scholar Article from the MATC Library

So you find an article you like in Google Scholar and it doesn't give you the full article, or you have to pay to see the article. You want to see if it's in one of the MATC Library's databases so you can get it FREE. How do you do that?

First, make sure your Google Scholar settings are set up to show the MATC Library. Do this by going to Google Scholar and clicking on the Settings gear icon. Then click on Library Links on the left, do a search for "MATC," and then check the box, "Find @ MATC Library" and save.

 

 

Now when you do a search in Google Scholar, you will see links to the articles that can be found in the MATC Library. Example: a search in Google Scholar for video games AND violence AND children results in this article that doesn't include the full text. You can just click on the link at the right, "Find @ MATC Library."

screenshot of Google Scholar search

 

If we don't have access to the article at the MATC Library, we could try to get it from another library through Interlibrary Loan. Just click fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request form with the citation information to the article.

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