(no spaces between the command and the search term)
“word phrase”– use quotes around a phrase to search the words together; example: “active learning”
~word– use a tilde in front of a word to find related terms; example: ~learning
-word – use a minus sign or hypen to exclude words; example: learning -passive
intitle:word– use intitle: to find more relevant results; example: intitle:learning
site:url– use site: to search within a specific institution or domain; example: site:ed.gov or site:.edu
filetype:ext– use filetype: with a file extension to search for specific materials such as PDFs or Word Docs; example: filetype:pdf (good way to find handouts or articles) or filetype:xls (to find spreadsheets)
related:url – use related: with a web address to find other sites similar to that one; example: related:osucascades.edu
Try combining some of these commands in one search. Copy and paste this into Google to see what happens: site:ed.gov filetype:pdf "lesson plans"
Set up Google Scholar to include OSU Libraries’ links
Step 1: To make Google Scholar talk to the OSU Libraries collection, go to the Settings link, located on the top right corner of the page:
Step 2: On the left-hand side of the Scholar Settings page, choose Library links:
Step 3: Next either search for Oregon State University in the search box or simply use the checkbox next to Oregon State University .