Google Search Secrets Explored

Online search is always changing and it’s worth know how to use the various tools. This helpful NYTs piece covers some basic search tips for the major search engines.

A great article by John Tedesco details the best way to use regular old Google search to find what you need. I learned a lot from this post, including that “AND” is not regarded as a boolean operator, but “OR” is. In the same vein, a “-” in front of a word will remove it from results, but a “+” sign in front will not include. Instead, use the intext command.

And here’s Google’s Search Features page. It contains a lot of interesting targeted searches, including a reference tools section, which has a box to search public data directly.

For academics who use Google Scholar, the official blog details how to use Scholar to search effectively for new research. You can also use Google Scholar to share your research with the world. The first step is to create an author page via Google. Obviously this further integrates your work with Google’s hive-mind—but, on the positive side, it makes it easier to track your citations and share your research.


Welcome to Politics Earth!

Welcome to Politics Earth a site about the politics of the environment, and the tools and tricks of digital scholarship. As a PhD student studying public policy and world politics, and a long time environmentalist, I’m interested in connections between social and natural systems and evidence-based approaches to sustainability.

The digital scholarship side of this site began as a list of tools and tips I created to aid my studies — then I realized a) this might be useful and b) I might learn something if I turned it into a web site. Scholars doing empirical work need to search for, code and analyze data; find and organize bibliographic materials; write, program and design, use GIS and statistical tools — and so on. Do you have a way to do it better? Please post!