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Search Engines for Academic Use: Introduction

Get the best out of Google Scholar and its range of features.

About This Guide


Google is the most popular search engine on the World Wide Web. Millions of searches are conducted every day to answer people's informational, navigational, product and services queries. 

Google can provide a starting point when searching for websites, government reports, images, videos, maps and more.


This guide provides tips and tricks for searching the Internet effectively by using Google and also finding scholarly literature with Google Scholar. 

It also includes details of specialist content-type search engines access articles, books, images and statistics.


Useful Resources

UCD Library's Google Cheat Sheets

These bring together quick tips that can be used to perform more effective Google searches. They are similar but utilise different examples for HSS and STM:

Google Help Page

A page offering "How to" guides that give instructions for customising your Google searches.