- Search for Saving Black Mountain in Google and Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com.au/
Searching Google and Google scholar for, -saving black mountain-, with and without inverted commas made an enormous difference. Well that’s an understatement. It was an amazing, gobsmacking difference!!
My initial search without inverted commas yielded 19,700, 000 results whilst using inverted commas yielded 7,270 results. SO, this is a useful filtering system to cut down on the numbers BUT does anyone even look as far as the first 100 results. So what about the quality of the results?
In the top ten results:-
- the first two were exactly the same and there were a total of four the same in both searches
- There was an ad at the top of the page when not using inverted commas and 6 results for Black Mountain Savings Bank. So not using inverted commas allows Google to search for any combination of the key words.
- Using the inverted commas kept the words strictly in the typed order. Interestingly there were 5 results that related to critical literacy making it more relevant to the requirements of CLN650 and there were two past student blogs for this project that showed up.
- SO… if I knew exactly what I was looking for I would definitely use inverted commas and leave them off if I was just doing a random or ‘fishing’ search.
GOOGLE SCHOLAR SEARCH.
I already had Google Scholar set to National library Australia and now I also set it reveal QUT holdings and refined some other areas in scholar preferences to suit my particular search purposes.
My initial search without inverted commas yielded 194,000 results whilst using inverted commas yielded 36 results. WOW are you kidding me, now even I could manage to scroll my way through 36 results without too much trouble. So…. the quality of the results?
In the top ten results:-
- the first one was exactly the same and there were a total of three the same in both searches
- Again not using inverted commas allows Google to search for any combination of the key words which allows for some interesting results such as ‘Black-footed ferrets’ and ‘the souls of black folk’.
- Using the inverted commas kept the words strictly in the typed order. I had used the settings to also include citations so articles with both the heading and citations showed up. INTERESTINGLY the other 9 results on the page cited the first article so some skimming through would be needed to see if new information and interpretations could be gleaned from these.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOGLE AND GOOGLE SCHOLAR
- Google accesses anything on the net whilst scholar provides access specifically to scholarly literature.
” Google Scholar allows users to search for digital or physical copies of articles, whether online or in libraries. It indexes “full-text journal articles, technical reports, preprints, theses, books, and other documents, including selected Web pages that are deemed to be ‘scholarly.'”. “
- Scholar also highlights whether the item is a [DOC], [PDF], [HTML], [BOOK], WHILST Google only highlights [PDF] and whether it is available as ‘full text’.
- Scholar also gives you the option of advanced searches and allows you to sort by date.