Quick and Easy Tips for Better Google Searches

November 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Posted in searching | Comments Off on Quick and Easy Tips for Better Google Searches

According to an infographic on HackCollege.com, 3 out of 4 students aren’t searching Google very effectively or efficiently. Here’s a few tricks to help you weed out irrelevant results and save time:

Get more great ideas by viewing the full infographic here. Notice at the bottom how it says “Use Your Library’s Website?” We couldn’t agree more!

Getting the PDFs of Articles

November 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Posted in GetArticle@IIT, searching | 1 Comment

With only 4 more weeks of class before finals (!!) we’ve seen an increase in “how do I get the PDF of this article” questions. Picture it: you’re in a database, you see a good title but you don’t see a PDF icon. What do you do? First, don’t be sad or give up. We’ve got you covered. Second:

Any time you don’t see the PDF for an article in a database, click on isit@iit.

Recognize this? It's from Web of Science.

Can you guess the database? It's Academic Search Premier from Ebsco!

isit@iit instantly checks all of our other databases to see if and where we have the article. If we do, it provides you with a link to get to the article.  If we don’t, it provides you with a link to request it for free from MyILL (interlibrary loan).  Check out this tab of our Finding Articles guide for complete details on how to get PDFs. 

It is important to start your research as soon as you get an assignment. You may have troubles constructing a quality search, it can take several days to get some articles from MyILL, your computer crashes and you lose all your research, etc.

Questions? Use Ask a Librarian to IM us, email us, search questions already asked and see which librarians and Undergraduate Research Specialists are working today.

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