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Research Advisory Service
Research Advisory Service for Cal Undergraduates
Book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian who will help refine and focus research inquiries, identify useful online and print sources, and develop search strategies for humanities and social sciences topics.
Schedule, view, edit or cancel your appointment online (CalNetID required)
UC Berkeley offers several resources for students to obtain help writing a paper. The Student Learning Center provides assistance with writing papers. They also provide several Writing Worksheets which can help you plan and complete your writing projects.
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Google Search Tips, Tricks and Hacks
One of the largest hurdles of using Google is the amount you must weed through. Some searches result in thousands of pages; who has time to go through all that? You don't need to. Did you know you can manipulate a regular Google search with a couple hacks to your search? Its true! Try these search hacks during your next google search.
- site:XXXXX This search tells google to limit your search to a particular site or domain. For instance, if you limit to site:berkeley.edu you would only search the Berkeley site. Similarly site:.gov would search only sites ending in .gov, and site:.edu would search only sites ending in .edu.
- -XXXXX Adding a minus/hyphen sign "-" to a term will remove results with that term. This can be very helpfull when removing common words associated with your topic.
- filetype:XXXX Using filetype: will only find certain file extentions (.doc, .pdf, .ppt, etc)
- "XXX XXXX" Putting double quotes around a phrase will find only that phrase.
You can also combine some of these search hacks, such as adding -site:nytimes.com to remove results from the New York Times website. More search tricks can be found in the Library's Google Search Guide
Need help with research? Have a question about the collection or the UC Berkeley Library? Here are three ways to get in touch with me: