Category Archives: Search Skills

Proximity Searching

A useful advanced search technique is to search for a specific term that appears relatively close to another term.  This is known affectionately as a “proximity” search, and is supported in FoxTrax and most library databases. In FoxTrax (the GFU … Continue reading

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Intro to Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a free web search engine that indexes scholarly literature including: ABSTRACTS ARTICLES JOURNALS BOOKS THESES PREPRINTS TECHNICAL REPORTS MEETING ABSTRACTS GS index claims to include most peer-reviewed online journals of the world’s largest scientific publishers Google claims … Continue reading

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Another Google Search Tip

If you want to exclude the plural form of a word or any other tenses or synonyms when you are using Google to search then use the “+” sign in front of the word.  Example: +teach

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Link Search

Find the Web pages that link to a particular site by including “link:” before the websites address. Example:  link: www.georgefox.edu This works in Google, Yahoo! and Bing. It may work in other search engines too.

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Search Within Number Range

Search Tip: If you would like to search within a range of numbers the formula for doing this in some search engines such as Google and Yahoo! is, [#]…[#] Examples: Blu-Ray player $150…200 apartment portland or 1500 sq ft…2000

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Find Info About A Website

Google search can show you information about a particular website if you use “info:” in the search box before the websites address.  Example:  info:www.nationmaster.com Google can show you the following information for this URL: Show Google’s cache of www.nationmaster.com Find … Continue reading

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Videos On Demand At GFU

Tip: You can find a list of all the Videos on Demand (streaming videos) by going through Foxtrax and doing a keyword search for “vod”. We have almost 400 though so to narrow your search: Go to Foxtrax Select Advanced … Continue reading

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Find Music at GFU Libraries

Image via Wikipedia To find music at GFU Libraries: Go to FoxTrax and select “Advanced Search” enter an asterisk enter search term, phrase, or name in the search box limit “Material type” to “SOUND RECORD” click on the “Submit” button

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Legal Docs On Google Scholar

If you go to Google Scholar you will notice that it is now sporting a new button below the search box titled “Legal opinions and journals”.  Google has made full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate … Continue reading

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Google Search Tip

Recently I was performing a search in Google and I felt that it would help if I had the ability to exclude specific websites from my results and so I checked into it.  I already knew that I could use … Continue reading

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