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Intro to Speech/Comm V01: Google Scholar

Use the Library resources for your Informative and Persuasive Speeches!

Google Advanced Searches

When searching Google, use the "Advanced Search" to limit your search results to a specific domain .edu, .gov. or .org.  To use the "Advanced Search," click on the "Settings" link in the lower right-hand corner.

Try these Google Advanced Search Tips and Tricks

Domains

Limiting  your search to specific domains (.edu or .gov) can remove some of the less reputable websites from your Google searches. 

.com - commercial or business

.edu - educational institution

.org - organization (often non-profit)

.gov - government organization

Set up your Google Scholar account

 

 

 

  1. Go to Google Scholar (scholar.google.com)
  2. Click on the option icon in the upper-left corner
  3. Click on Settings
  4. Open the "Library links"
  5. Look up "Ventura College", and select it from the results list
  6. Save

How to use

 

A Google Scholar search will have a "Full Text @ VC Library" link in the right-hand column of the results page if our databases index the article. 

Keep in mind that not all results will actually be full-text; some may be citations or abstracts. 

 

In this example, four different databases index this article. 

Click the links to see if the full-text is available.

 

 

Evaluating Web Sources

When you are considering using a website as a source, it is very important that you review the contents in detail. An easy way to make a determination is to use Jim Kapoun's Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages:

  1. Accuracy - Can you find an actual author? Is the contact information provided correct? 
  2. Authority - Does the author have any credentials? Have they conducted any research? What makes them an expert? 
  3. Objectivity - Is the information biased? Are they linked to other organizations (especially commercial)? 
  4. Currency - When was the last update to this website? 
  5. Coverage - How in depth is the material? Is it basic, informative information you can get anywhere else?

There are many other resources to evaluate web pages. One of the more interesting examples is CSU Chico's CRAAP Test.