When you're searching for academic information you're likely going to have to do multiple searches across different aspects of the topic you're researching. Depending on the level you're at, you may be able to get away with a relatively simple bit of searching on Google Scholar or you may have to perform several different searches on several different databases.
When faced with a search box, it's useful to know:
On the following pages we'll consider the above with a particular focus on academic sources and the sort of interfaces you might have to deal when researching a piece of academic writing.
Take the search box on this page, for instance. It takes you to a Google search for site:subjectguides.york.ac.uk/ and any search terms you've used. To return to our above prompts:
Some of that may seem obvious, but not all search engines will behave in the same way. And some may have additional options that let you precisely control how they work, to better enable you to find what you're looking for.
In this section of the Guide we'll break down those basic principles in more detail:
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