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Geography 252: Global Environmental Challenges: Google TIps

This class assignment will help students prepare for their debates on environmental challenges.

Advanced Google Search

Google Search Symbols

Search operators are words that can be added to searches to help narrow down the results.

OperatorHow to use it
site: Get results from certain sites or domains.
Examples: olympics and olympics
related: Find sites that are similar to a web address you already know.
OR Find pages that might use one of several words.
Example: marathon OR race
info: Get information about a web address, including the cached version of the page, similar pages, and pages that link to the site.
cache: See what a page looks like the last time Google visited the site.


Note: When you search using operators or punctuation marks, don't add any spaces between the operator and your search terms. A search for will work, but site: won't.

Setting Up Google Scholar

While Google Scholar does not provide the array of search limiters available database users, you may find that you are able to locate that elusive article through a Scholar search.

When do I need these instructions?

If you are working off campus, follow these steps to activate FIND IT at UW Whitewater in Google Scholar. If you are working on campus using UW-W Wi-Fi services, or using UW-W VPN services from off campus, your computer will automatically detect these settings.

Should Google Scholar be the only search tool I use?

Please Note: Google Scholar does not interlink with all UW-W ebooks and articles. We strongly encourage that you search for books, media and more using the library catalog (Research@UWW), or search for specific journal subscriptions using the Journals search. We also recommende that you search individual, subject-specific databases as well as Google Scholar to find the best available sources of information on your topic. 

How do I set up Google Scholar to link to UW-Whitewater subscription resources?

click here for a gripping tutorial Watch video directions here, or follow the directions and screenshots below: 

1. Go to http//

2. Optional: Sign in to your Google account in order to save your preferences for future searches.

3. Select Settings from the menu at the top of the page:

google scholar preferences


4. Click Library Links at the left of the page:

Google Scholar Library Linksgoogle scholar library links

5. Type UW Whitewater in the search box. A checkbox option for UW-Whitewater will appear below your search. Check the box. You may also wish to search for Open WorldCat and add that to your connections. Don't forget to click Save.

Google Scholar Library Links 2

6. You will now see the Find It at UW Whitewater utility when you use Google Scholar: 

Google Scholar Find It sample

7. After clicking on Find It at UW-Whitewater, you will be prompted to log in with yor UW-W NetID and Password to gain access to UW-W resources.

8. For some books and resources, the Find It at UW-Whitewater link appears in the More menu below the item:

Google Scholar and library books

click here for a gripping tutorialFor additional instructions for using Find It at UW-Whitewater, please see the Find It Tutorial.