Google for Research

Sometimes you just have the urge to do your research and Google. It’s so easy to use! But you’ve probably found that when it comes to scholarly research, Google doesn’t always have everything you need. In this workshop, learn about when and how to use Google effectively, including Google Scholar.

PRESENTATION OUTLINE

Just Google It

Using Google Effectively in Your Research
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Sara Oestreich

Poll

Where are you located?
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Poll

I have used Google (books, images, scholar, etc.) for research in the past.
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Google
Google Books
Google Scholar

Poll

What frustrates you about Google as a research tool?
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Poll

How often do you go past the 1st pg of results?
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Google Rankings

  • Number of links to site
  • User time spent on site
  • Social media prominence

Reputation > Truth

1. In Google: Search for college basketball
2. On library homepage: Search for college basketball
3. Respond to poll: What do you notice?

Poll

Differences between Google & library.
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Try it out

  • Think of a research topic (can be one you're already working on).
  • Go to advanced search in Google.
  • Conduct a search using advanced features.
  • Indicate you are done in the poll.

What is it good for?

  • Documentation and reports from government agencies, companies and educational institutions
  • New or cutting edge topics
  • Getting to open-access journals

It's not so great at...

  • finding scholarly sources
  • finding quality evidence

Where can we go to get scholarly sources through Google?

Google Books

Google Books for Research:

  • Identifying a partial or suspect citation
  • Quick, easy access to out-of-copyright books or serials
  • Searching the full text of a book
  • Finding information about a particular author

Try it out

  • Go to books.google.com
  • Find the book written by Michael Jordan, Driven from Within.
  • Scan through the book preview and find the introduction.
  • Answer the poll question.

Google Scholar

Poll

Pros and Cons of Google Scholar.
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Try it out

  • Go to scholar.google.com
  • Conduct a search using some key words related to your topic.
  • Find an article that you can access and download related to your research.
  • Answer the poll question.