Link – https://www.google.co.za/advanced_search
Google Advanced gives you more options more quickly, than Basic.
Two ways of accessing Advanced search are the following:
In the Basic screen search box, type in anything – even just a letter of the alphabet. Click Enter.
Near the top r/h corner of the screen you will now see a small round symbol that looks like a gear. Click on it. A drop-down menu will appear. Choose “Advanced Search“.
In the Basic search box, type in the words
google advanced search
The first hit will be Google Advanced Search. Click on the underlined title on the screen. Advanced Search will open.
Two of the options most used in Advanced Search are “All the words” and “Exact phrase“.
How to use these search functionalities?
“All the words”
Here you can type in several words that you want to appear in your result. You don’t need to use the word ‘AND’ to separate the words. If you are looking for a specific article that you could not find in EBSCO, you may be lucky and find it on the open Internet.
Type in some of the most important or distinguishing keywords, plus the author’s surname. Let’s use Prof. Steyn’s work as an example.
Two of Prof. Steyn’s articles immediately appear, as well as info. on Prof. Steyn and Cranefield College!
This is a useful option, and can help you in various ways.
For example: You are looking for information, as well as a diagram, of the triple constraint. You may have perused several books on project management, but without success.
Type in the words, enclosing them in double quotation marks:
You will not only receive several hits, but Google will suggest several options related to the concept – e.g. triple constraint example, triple constraint definition, triple constraint theory. Book titles may also be supplied, which contain info. on this concept.
Another example might be, where you have put a direct quote in your assignment, but did not keep a record of the source. Type in part of your direct quote, remembering to enclose it in double quotation marks. Success is not guaranteed, but you could be lucky!
Librarian’s Tip: Once you have done a Google search, and are about to click on a web address that looks promising, please first consult the short guide, “Cranefield – Electronic sources uses and techniques“, to prevent wasting time using unsuitable websites for your research. (If you don’t have a copy, email me – see last page for email address).