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