Notes on searching

There are some notes on searching strategies when doing a literature review that are also generally useful for any searching when doing academic research.

Often when scoping a topic it is useful to get some sense of when the topic first appeared, i.e. was published. Google has scanned most of the books on the planet and you can explore the use of particular phrases, names, ideas in Google's ngram viewer.

A student from last year drew attention to the search engine Yippy which looks to be useful for clustering searches. It's not a substitute for Google scholar. It does not track citations. But it looks to be useful as an alternative to general Google searches.

This post is a useful reminder of Google scholar's helpful work in finding you anything that remotely looks like what you are searching for.

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