What Google Search Does
Primarily, harvest webpages of various document formats hosted in various domains
Google Basic Search (single search box)
Use Google Basic Search to look for items whose search terms fit easily into the single box
"fan clubs" (circles, fellowships, societies, etc): membership includes career academics as well as informed amateurs
not indexed by online databases
content may include
Search Algorithm: author name society
"society" is a catchall term that should harvest the website no matter how the group labels itself
example sites to explore: Edward Thomas, Charles Sorley
words you want excluded from the search; domain names (.com .edu .gov. .mil .net .org) except for the domain you want should go in this box
Google Basic Search versus Google Advanced Search
Google Basic's interface resembles the Basic Search interface in an EBSCOhost database: a single search box
Google Advanced's interface resembles the Advanced Search interface in an EBSCO database: three (or more) search boxes stacked with some filtering options available
Use Google Basic for searches that require few search terms or for known items when you know precisely what you are looking for.
Use Google Advanced for searches that employ many terms or which require some filtering to make the search more effective.
Advantages of Google Advanced over Google Basic for academic research:
Google Advanced Search (search boxes stacked)
Google Advanced easily performs searches that would be difficult in Google Basic. Its interface is similar to the interface of the Advanced Search in an EBSCO database. There is an implied Boolean AND between the all and exact boxes and between the exact and any boxes. There are implied Boolean ORs within the any box, and an implied Boolean NOT between the any and none boxes.
To limit further, type pdf in the all box.
NOTE: This search should harvest some scholarly articles as well as some open access resources contained in institutional repositories. Unfortunately, it also will harvest school papers written by ninth-graders. Evaluate your sources and choose wisely.
Google Search Advanced's Unique Gift:
Search Algorithm for Theses and Dissertations
all box = any words that help focus the search submitted [This is the most important word in the search, the word that makes the magic happen.]
From "About Google Scholar":
"Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research, [as well as]
Google Scholar aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature."
Of the bulleted list above, only bullets two and five can be taken completely at face value. Not "everything" is in Google Scholar, and most of the entries are citation only, with the full text either being behind a paywall or in a database to which the library subscribes, like JSTOR. Given this, generally it is better to search the database(s) first.
The differences and use guidelines between Google Basic and Google Advanced apply in Google Scholar as well, with the added distinction that in Google Scholar Advanced some of the filters have been tweaked to accommodate searching for scholarly articles. The instructions for filling in the top four search boxes carry over as well.
(A bow and tip of the hat to HCL 6th floor librarian Carley Knight for making me aware of this.)
Google Books Basic Search:
Google Books Advanced Search:
The differences and use guidelines between Google Basic and Google Advanced apply to Google Books as well, with the added distinction that in Google Books Advanced some of the filters have been tweaked to accommodate searching for book content. The instructions for filling in the top four search boxes carry over as well.
with the exact phrase
with at least one of the words
without the words
all = the words are important to the search, but word order does not matter
exact phrase = the words and the order of the words are equally important; titles should go in this box
at least one = synonyms or words that have approximately the same meaning (e.g., analysis criticism interpretation)
without = words you want excluded from the search
There is an implied Boolean AND between the all and exact boxes and between the exact and at least one boxes. There are implied Boolean ORs within the at least one box, and an implied Boolean NOT between the at least one and without boxes. The at least one box requires different treatment depending on whether content pertaining to a "minor title" or a Major Title is being sought. For major titles more granular terms like theme, symbol, image, setting can be used. For minor titles, the "analysis criticism interpretation" trifecta usually gives better results.
Google Books' unique gift: Google Books Advanced can do something that online library catalogs cannot do: it can drill down to page level, paragraph level, word level on a page. JaxCat cannot search for a book to that degree of granularity. This feature of G.B.A.makes it possible to