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Ed.D.: Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

Yes, I Googled

Everyone uses Google, even librarians! Whether you are currently in school, preparing to go back to school, starting for the first time, or even just doing personal research, you may not be aware of the many tips and tricks available to you to search Google effectively.

Try GoogleScholar!

Google Scholar allows you to:

View this GoogleScholar tutorial to learn more:

Getting Better Results: 

  • If you are new to the subject, it may be helpful to do some initial research to learn specific terminology. While you should avoid citing a Wikipedia entry, an article for "overweight" might suggest a Google Scholar search for "pediatric hyperalimentation."
  • If your search results are too specific, look at the references cited in an article. Referenced works tend to be more general.
  • If your results are too basic, click "Cited by" to see newer articles referenced by your results. Newer papers are often more specific.
  • Explore! There's rarely a single answer to a research question. Click "Related articles" or "Cited by" to see closely related work, or search for an author's name to see what else they have written.

For more features and search tips, visit About Google Scholar.

Connect the Franklin Library to GoogleScholar

  1. Go to and open the navigation menu (in the upper left corner select the 3 bar icon)
  2. Select Settings from the menu.
  3. Under the Settings menu, select Library Links.
  4. Use the search box on the Library Links page to search for Franklin University. 
  5. From the results below the search box, select the "Franklin University - Read@Franklin University" checkbox, then Save. 

When you search now, you'll find "Read@Franklin University" links to the right of the articles in your GoogleScholar search results. Select these links to be taken to the full text of the article within the Franklin Library databases. 

Google Search Tips & Tricks!

Boolean Logic is a system of rules (or commands) to express the relationship of two or more concepts. The most commonly used commands (also called operators) -- ANDOR, and NOT -- can be used to link search terms or narrow search results. The correct use of Boolean operators in a search, whether it be in a search engine (Google), a library catalog, or a research database will produce more relevant and reliable results. 

  • AND: used in order to require that all search terms be present on the web pages listed in results. For example, you may want to find pages referencing both rules and laws.
    • You use the command like this: rules AND laws
    • Since AND is the default operator in search engines (like Google), it is unnecessary to type it. For example, you can type rules laws and your results will retrieve pages that include both rules and laws on the same page
  • OR: used in order to allow any of the specified search terms to be present on the web pages listed in results. For example, you may want to find pages that contain either of the words America or U.S.
    • You use the command like this: rules OR laws
    • Will broaden your search and increase the number of results. Note that OR works only in upper case between search terms in Google.
  • NOT: used in order to require that a particular search term NOT be present on web pages listed in results. 
    • In a library catalog or research database, you use the command like this: plants NOT trees
    • In Google, you must use the minus sign (-) without spaces. Example: plants-trees

  • Phrase Search (" "): Google will look up a phrase as one item if it is surrounded in quotes. Be careful with this as it may result in too narrow of a search.
    • Example: "solar industry"
  • Tilde (~): A tilde in front of the word will search among that and its synonyms. Note that there is NO space between the tilde and the word.
    • Example: ~crime
  • Wildcard Search (*): The asterisk symbol is sometimes known as the wildcard. Use this to search for plurals or spelling variations of words. You can also use this if you're unsure of a word in a phrase. Examples include:
    • learn* - finds learning, learners, learns, learned, etc.
    • behav* - finds behavior, behaviors, behavioral, behaviorism etc.
  • Site Search: Search one site (like or limit your results to a domain like .edu, .org or .gov
    • Domain: solar industry site:edu (This will search only .edu sites that contain the phrase solar industry.)
    • Specific web page: academic integrity (This will only search the site for academic integrity.)
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