Google is often dismissed as being irrelevant to the academic literature search. However, changes to the nature of the dissemination of scholarly research and official information in recent years mean that a wealth of relevant information can be accessed via standard Internet search engines such as Google. Too often however such information is lost amongst thousands of irrelevant, spurious and misleading results. Based on an understanding of how the Google search engine works this practical workshop will show you the basic techniques to hone in on high quality academic material from Google searches. Given concerns about the privacy costs of a ‘free’ search within search engines such as Google, alternative search engines will also be explored and compared, including DuckDuckGo.
Objectives. By the end of the session you will:
Intended Audience: All DPhils and Research Students in the Social Sciences
Dates and booking
|Next session TBA||Social Science Library, Information Skills Training Room|
Presenters: Cathy Scutt and Tom Dale
Format: Presentation with practical exercises
What you will need? A computer will be provided. If you prefer to bring your own laptop, please read our guidance notes.