Search Tips

Learn to Google better!

Maximize Your Search Tips and Tricks

and use Boolean Search Commands

Tips for performing Advanced searches on Google can be found here and other tips for refining your web searches can be found here.

General Research Tips:

UBC Library Research Help Page

  • Includes links to tools like assignment calculators, citation management software comparisons and help guides, research paper prep sheets, search tips, etc.

    • Some journal databases only let you read the abstract of an article for free but require a paid login to access the full-text (this is a paywall).  This organisation seeks out open source, legal copies of journal articles so you can read the full text.  Their main page lists the open source journals they link to, but they also have a browser extension available for Chrome that will tell you if an unpaywalled version available of the article you’re looking at in the browser.