How do I use Google as a tool to find scholarly and non-scholarly sources?


Google is a powerful search engine but can produce an overwhelming amount of unorganized results. However, Google can be used as a good search tool for finding scholarly and non-scholarly sources for your research assignments if used efficiently.  You can target your search by entering the topic/subject matter and the type of article you are looking for such as news or government in the Google search box.  To do this, enter the topic/subject followed by a colon and the type of article or the url domain.  For example, if you are looking for news articles about mental health, enter "mental health: news" in the search box. This will provide you a list of news articles about mental health. 


See this video for further details about Google search tips and tricks.   

Also, click on the following links for how ot use Google Scholar as a research tool:

I am looking for a specific article. Other than OneSearch, is there a way to search for it?: 

How do I get a full text article from Google Scholar CSUSM?






  • Last Updated Mar 18, 2024
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  • Answered By Jerry Limberg

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