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Research Guides@Tufts

General Genetics

Selected Genetics & Molecular Biology Journals

Best Databases to Use for Genetics Research

Electronic Journals Collections

Using Google and Google Scholar


Use more words

When you search the web, a one or two word search often will find hundreds of thousands of websites. To narrow your search and find more relevant web sites, think about your topic and how people might be writing about it. Then use at least three or four keywords or concepts in your search.

Search for phrases

If you can describe your topic with words that could also be used as a phrase, narrow your search by enclosing your phrase in quotations:

"recombinant expression"

"buffer components"

Limit your search

Most search engines have advanced or expert features that allow you to limit your search. Search limits can vary depending on the features of the search engine you are using. A few common ways of limiting include:

  • Type of web site  or domain name (.edu, .com, .org., .gov): If you are finding too many web pages from commercial sources, you can limit to pages that come from an educational institution by typing .edu as a search limit.
  • Date: You can search for pages updated within a certain range of time.
  • Location: Many search engines allow you to find web pages published in a particular country.
  • File type: Reduce search results by limiting to .doc, .pdf, .ppt, etc.


Google Scholar

Use the Advanced Scholar Search (located by choosing the down arrow on the Scholar search box) when searching in Google Scholar. Journal article searches can be more focused by limiting by by author, publication title, date or subject areas. Make Google Scholar work for you by

  • creating search alerts
  • customize settings for Tisch Library links, languages, citation managers
  • create citation lists
  • discover article and publication metrics

From the Google Scholar homepage, choose Settings to customize link to Tufts University libraries resources.