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College Writing II

How to Use Google Effectively

The video below demonstrates the difference between searching on Google and searching from the library website.

If you cannot access the above video, you can watch it here

Questions to think about:

  • What is the authority behind the information?
  • What is the purpose of the information?
  • How biased or neutral is the information?
  • Can the information be verified from other sources?

Google Scholar & Google Books

Google Scholar allows you to search broadly for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Get information about using Google Scholar here.

Google Books search works just like web search. Try a search on Google Books or on 

If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you may download a PDF copy.

Using Google Scholar

If you cannot access the above video, you can watch it here