Getting the Most From Google Scholar, or, Squirrels are Friends, not Food

SquirrelScholarEditor’s Note: This guest post was written by Geneseo alum and former Milne Library intern Margaret Craft, when she was a senior here last year. It’s always good to revisit this information!

I’m sure when you think of Google, you think of fuzzy dogs, craigs list, and the strange questions Google helpfully fills in for you, including

and the deepest most applicable question lingering at our core:

When can you eat squirrel?

…which a truly desperate college student on Geneseo’s campus might start to wonder, as the meal plan dwindles and you keep losing staring contests. (Vegans: it’s okay. Keep reading, it gets better, maybe.)

Squirrel

Day after day, eventually you start to wonder what you couldn’t eat those little buggers on. Pizza? Other squirrels?

This might require some research. For all you know, studies at Geneseo may have found a significant portion of squirrels have secret identities and should therefore be protected, not baked.

Superhero squirrel

What you, the savvy Geneseo student, would thus benefit from using is the mind-bogglingly awesome part of Google devoted to this need, sneakily hidden under products. Yes, indeed this grail of searching is none other than GOOGLE SCHOLAR, a versatile research tool that looks for your search terms in articles, patents, and book citations.

On the homepage it tries to be modest and say it only looks for articles, but it will search for books as well. Such results will appear with a [BOOK] designation at the beginning of the citation.

Once you’ve typed a search term in, such as “squirrel,” you’ll be shown a master list of all results.

Google Scholar search results

You may note that the third result on the list concerns movement representations in squirrel monkeys, which, while adorable are not a viable food source on Geneseo’s campus and thus not your concern.

To get rid of squirrel monkey results, you can exclude the word “monkey” in the advanced search. Clicking on the arrow next to the search box pulls up the advanced search functions.

Advanced search

To get rid of squirrel monkey results, you can exclude the word “monkey”:

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You can further narrow results down by using the exact phrase option:

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and now the top result (no superhero squirrel research in sight, sadly) based on my choice to sort by relevancy  is:

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Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 12.31.59 PMBummer. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a not so fun thing where your brain degenerates through infection by proteins called prions. Apparently it is possible to contract the disease through eating the brains of squirrels that are infected with these prions. However, when I look at more recent results by asking Google to only look for results in the last 14 years, I get this article, which is directly available for free through the link for Springer at the right:

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It concludes that it is unlikely that infectious prions will appear in red squirrels. Whew. But maybe we have gray squirrels…

Underneath the citation and excerpt, you can see how many times it has been cited, none in this case, and how many websites have the full text available (All 11 versions). The link for “Related articles” at the far left will show related materials that includes others more recent than this article, these may include other types of squirrels. There is also the option to cite the article directly or save it to “my library,” which is a personalized memory bank that will keep track of citations you’re interested in.

Now the varied danger of eating squirrel brains is corroborated by another article that talks about more than just red squirrels:

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It has been cited by 11 other more recent articles, which could be useful for further research into the topic. Additionally, there is no link to a free version to the right of the citation, meaning none of the 8 versions showed are available for free download. Boo.

You could cry, but wait! There should be, if you are on Geneseo’s wifi network or using an on-campus computer, a “Get It” link to the right of all articles. It may also be listed under “More” under the citation as well. This will take you to the glorious IDS request page, which should get you the article within 48 hours! REJOICE PEOPLE.

And if you are not on-campus, there is an alternative. Click “Settings” on this menu:

Google Scholar settings

What will appear is this:

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Type, as I have, SUNY Geneseo and hit search.  Check the box next to “Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo – Get it”.

Now hit “Save” and you will return to your search.  Now when you look to the right of a citation, you should see the Get It next to it, or More below the citation itself.

Happy searching*!

*Just remember to research before you eat. You never know.

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*Vegans: it’s okay. Keep reading, it gets better.

 

Workshop: Organize Your Web Research With Diigo

Get digitally organized!

Get digitally organized!

No longer do you need to print web pages to highlight and take personalizes notes! Diigo is a powerful research and collaboration tool that can help you save, organize, and share what you discover on the web. Students will learn how to save, annotate, tag and share their favorite sites while creating their own personal archive. Students are required to bring laptops to this workshop.

Tuesday, March 3rd
2:30 – 3:30 pm
MacVittie College Union Hunt Room

Instructor: Tracy Paradis – Library Faculty

Workshop: Infographics 101

GOLD.INfographics

Monday, March 2nd
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Milne 104

Infographics are a great way to quickly and easily present complex information. In this session, you’ll get a brief introduction to infographics, learn a few design best practices, and discover some of the free software available for creating your own infographics.

Instructor: Justina Elmore – Reference Librarian, Milne Library

Workshop: Creating e-Portfolios for the Job Market

GOLD.ePortfolioAn e-portfolio is a means of showcasing your accomplishments in digital format. It demonstrates your skills and competencies and is a reflection of who you are. Come and learn how to create your own free e-portfolio and add various forms of digital content, such as documents, videos, presentations and photos.

Thursday, February 26th
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Milne 104

Instructor: Steve Dresbach – Technology Instructor, Milne Library

The Imaginarium: A creative Space for SOE Students

The Imaginarium is an open space located in Milne Library on the Lower Level. It is place where School of Education students have access to a wide variety of materials and resources that help them to create dynamic lessons, displays, bulletin boards, models and many more projects.

imaginarium-collageThe Imaginarium helps students connect manipulatives and other additive resources such as, games, textbooks, and videos to their lessons and assignments to create more exciting and lively projects and presentations.

The Imaginarium is also available to clubs, organizations, and the community to use along side the wide variety of materials in the TERC collection, including lots of fiction and non-fiction children books, games, and puppets.

Office hours are on Monday and Wednesday from 7pm-9pm. Please feel free to stop by with questions or help you need with upcoming projects! In addition send an email directly to the Imaginarium curator, Miranda ([email protected]) or Education Librarian, Michelle Costello ([email protected]).

Workshop: Time Management for Busy Geeks

GOLD.TimeMgmtTuesday, February 24
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Milne 104

Time management is an important skill for getting your work done, finding a satisfactory work / life balance, and keeping your sanity. CIT’s Laurie Fox will present strategies of time management and how best to apply them to our ever-changing, technology-laden lives.

Instructor: Laurie Fox – Assistant Director & Manager for Support Services, Computing and Information Technology

Workshop: Leveraging Social Media to Make and Impact

GOLD.SMImpactWednesday, February 25th
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Milne 104

Become familiar with some of the social media technologies needed to represent yourself as a professional, your organization, or your cause. These include social networks, social bookmarking, and other relevant web 2.0 applications. The focus of this workshop is to establish best practices, begin developing your message, and to take a closer look at the techniques and tactics used for getting noticed.

 

Instructor: Justina Elmore – Reference Librarian, Milne Library

Valentines Day Storytime

heartsMilne Library is hosting a:

Valentine’s Day Story Time Celebration
for children and their caregivers!

When:           Friday, February 13th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where:         Teacher Education Resource Center
located on the lower-level of Milne Library

Join us for refreshments, songs, games, and crafts!

This event is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. Any age is welcome, although these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Olivia Hrycko – [email protected], Meaghan Trevett [email protected],  or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

Campus address:

1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY  14454

Parking is available on Main Street, if you park right by Ward Place and walk down the hill, you will arrive right at Milne Library!

Be sure to mark future storytime dates on your calendar! Look for events on March 6th & April 17th of 2015.

Workshop: Critical Inquiry in Research*

Photo Credit: Flickr User C_Knaus

Photo Credit: Flickr User C_Knaus

Great leaders gather information and critically analyze the facts before making good decisions. Attendees at this workshop will discover helpful tips and strategies that are used in any kind of database to help improve their searches, save time and determine the best quality resources for their research. Students are required to bring a lap top to this workshop.
Instructor: Michelle Costello – Education & Instruction Design Librarian, Milne Library

Thursday, February 12, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
MacVittie College Union Room 322/323

*Required Workshop

Teams ready? FILM!!

2015.RegistrationRegistration in now open for the 2015 Geneseo Insomnia Film Festival. On Friday, March 27th, SUNY Geneseo students will compete to create the best 3 minute video, within a 24 hour window.  That’s right! You’ll write, shoot, edit, and post in a single day.

All videos will be shown and awards presented on the evening of GREAT Day (April 21st). Insomniacs are encouraged to invite friends and family over the age of 18.

Remember, you must be registered no later than March 18th to participate. Get more info and check out last year’s winning videos on the Geneseo Insomnia Film Fest website. Oh, and follow their Facebook page for updates!