Using search engines
There are many different search engines you can use, and people tend to have their own preferences related to the type of searches they conduct.
Google Scholar searches databases of academic books and journals, so that almost all the results are ones that you could refer to in academic writing. However, many of the results relate to journal articles that are only available on paid subscription. Universities have subscriptions to a wider range of journals, but these are only available to their staff or students.
There are lots of other databases where you can access academic articles and journals. For example: JSTOR, which is a digital library of books and academic journals and the Directory of Open Access Journals. You may need a subscription to access many articles or e-books in JSTOR, but DOAJ is open access.
If you are going to use a search engine like Google think about the keywords and phrases you are going to need to search with. Then think about alternatives or synonyms for those words. For example, for the essay question you are using in this course:
“Evaluate the success or failure of the World Bank in water privatisation in the global south”
you could search for:
“water privatisation” “World Bank”
“water privatisation” “World Bank” “global south”
….and also search for synonyms for key terms
advantages of water privatisation
water privatisation problems
water privatisation in Africa
water privatisation in Asia
Which search engine do you find useful and why?
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