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IS 1115 TWP: Accessibilty of Higher Education

Resources for the Tackling a Wicked Problem course focused on access to higher education.

Use Google Advanced Search

Go to google.com and click on Settings (bottom right) and go to Advanced Search. You may have to execute a Google search first, then Settings should appear at the bottom right of the screen.

Or go directly to: https://www.google.com/advanced_search

OPTIONS
WHAT IT DOES
DO IT IN THE SEARCH BOX
all these words: Results use all the words you enter Type in just the keywords: access education
this exact word or phrase: Results include one exact word or phrase you enter Put exact words in quotes: "higher education"
any of these words Results include at least one of the words you enter Type OR between the words: inequity OR inequality
none of these words Results don’t have any of the words you enter Type minus sign just before unwanted word: access -accessibility
numbers ranging from Results include a number between the 2 numbers you enter Put two periods between the numbers: 2011..2021
last update: Find pages updated within a specific time n/a
site or domain: Search one site or limit your results to a domain Type site: just before the site URL or domain: site:wikipedia.org, site:.edu, site:.gov
file type: Find pages in a specific format Type filetype: just before the format: filetype:pdf, filtype:ppt

Video: How to Use Google Advanced Search (3:30)

 

Use more Google search shortcuts

These shortcuts can be used to broaden and refine your search results when using keywords.

SHORTCUT
WHAT IT DOES
DO IT IN THE SEARCH BOX
Synonym ~ Broadens search by looking for synonyms of a term Type a ~ just before the word: ~university (yields college as well)
Asterisk * Broaden search by acting as a fill in the blank or wildcard Type * just before, after, or in between words: librar* (yields library, libraries, librarian)
Define Searches for a definition of a word Type define: just before the word: define:pedagogy
Related Searches for comparable information sources Type related: just before the website: related:nytimes.com
Source Searches for a specific name or word in a news source Type name/thing + source: just before the news source: Joe Biden source:NPR
Info Searches for information on a specific website Type info: just before the website: info:snopes.com

Use Ctrl+F to search webpages

By clicking Control + F on your keyboard (Command + F for Mac) you can search for specific words  or phrases within a document or webpage. This can save you a lot of time when searching through online text by locating and jumping to specific words or phrases you want to find.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Search Terms

Keywords & SEARCH QUERIES

When searching for your topic in access to higher education, combine keywords and synonyms in different ways to get different kinds of results. Choosing the best search terms can help you get the most accurate results, which will save you time and effort.

Get more results:

  • search using synonyms with "or" between them. Example: higher education OR college OR university
  • search using antonyms of your keywords. Example: instead of access, barriers

Get fewer results:

  • search by adding a geographic location or particular population of people. Example: higher education New Hampshire
  • search using keywords with "and" in between. Example: higher education AND mental health
  • search using a narrower keyword, sometimes a specific type or category. Example: instead of mental heath, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Other words for HIGHER EDUCATION and ACCESS
HIGHER EDUCATION ACCESS

college

university

higher learning

educational institution

post-secondary education

 

entry/entrance

admission

door/doorway

qualification

accessible

inclusive/inclusion

Related words

learn

knowledge

edification

student(s)/professor(s)

Antonyms

barrier

deterrent

obstacle/obstruction

exclusive/exclusion

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)

Library Terms

Library catalogs and databases use controlled vocabularies, standardized and organized sets of words and phrases that provide a consistent way to describe data. These are usually applied to subjects or topics of sources, essentially tagging in them in the catalog or database.

Tip: if you find a really good source, look at the subject terms listed in the record and consider using those keyword in your next search. You can also click on a hyperlinked subject to see all the sources in that database that are tagged with that subject.