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Websites can be a useful source of information, but before using the information consider if they are fit for purpose.  Look carefully at who has produced them, are they reputable, reliable, up-to-date?  Most will not be academic but the content may still be relevant.


If you would like to suggest a website to include here - email me    -  information about health issues, by sharing people's real-life experiences. You can watch people sharing their stories about cancer, autism, motor-neurone disease, pregnancy, drugs, depression and much more.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence  - evidence-based guidance.




Better Googling

Google Scholar 

Google Scholar can be great for finding articles, pre-published papers and more, but do check the quality of the sources you've found.  By clicking on the "  (quote marks) at the end of each retrieved record you can export directly to RefWorks.  Go into settings and set the library links to show items held at Solent.  

Search Tips for Google 

Searching Google to get the best results is not as straight-forward as you may believe.  There are some tips you can use to improve the results.  Look through all the results - the top one might not be the best for your research although Google will try to give you the most relevant one first there are many other factors to be taken into account.  See Google's help pages.

Boolean ( AND, OR, NOT)

AND Google assumes you are connecting your terms with AND (so both words must be present) this is common to most databases/eResources. 

OR  if you use OR it must be in capitals (this is good practice for most databases).  Connecting with OR means that either word needs to present – useful for synonmyns. 

See the section on Finding Information for more on structuring search terms

Word Order

Google ranks the first word slightly higher than the second, the second slightly more than the third, etc.

  • Southampton Football  returns different results to Football Southampton



How to use it

“ “

Searches for phrases  “chocolate milk”  searches for that exact phrase



Include word in search  eg  “chocolate milk” +athletes



Exclude word from search    “chocolate milk” –children



Use to restrict to top level domain -  eg  to find UK education sites  (note the punctuation)



Searches for a missing word in a phrase  - eg Southampton * Club   to find Southampton Football Club



Synonyms  - finds words that are similar  eg ~tobacco will find articles with cigarettes etc


Range search  for numbers  -  use for prices?  Ipad 300…399



Searches for multiple words in the text



Searches for a single word in the text or combine with “ “ to find phrase



Searches for multiple words in the title  -   allintitle:Southampton football club



Searches for single word in title –can use multiple times in the same search  -   intitle:biomechanics  intitle:soccer



Gives definitions of words  -  define:biomechanics