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Student Assistants Research 101: Using Google

Surface Web, Deep Web, Dark Web

Beyond the Basic Search

Google Tips

  • Limit to a specific site in the basic Google search bar: "black holes" site:.
  • Use quotes to search for a phrase: "dog sweaters"
  • Use a hyphen to exclude words: jaguar speed -car
  • Find a page that links to another:
  • Find sites similar to other sites:
  • Find results limited to a specific file type: 2017 1040 EZ filetype:pdf

Google Limitations

Why not just use Google for your research projects?

  • Often more time consuming than using library databases
  • First few results are from commercial sites or Wikipedia
  • Sometimes hard to establish the authority of the site
  • Unable to filter or refine results
  • You will miss out on the 'good' stuff