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Research Help

A help guide on some key activities involved in research processes.

Contact us

  • CR Reference: 319-398-5697
  • CR Circulation: 319-398-5696
  • IC Circulation: 319-887-3613
  • IC Reference: 319-887-3612
  • Text Reference: 319-774-6491
  • Make a research help appointment
  • Email: (Cedar Rapids)
  • Email: (Iowa City)

How to Speak Google

Our top 3 Google search tips that make your searching more effective and efficient:

  • “” Use quotation marks when searching for a phrase, such as “global warming”  
  •  - (minus sign) works like NOT, excluding pages with the word that follows from results. Example: +pollution -air 
  •  site: or -site:    On, use the site limit to narrow your results.
    Examples:  depression treatment site:edu  will show results only on .edu sites; “prescription drugs” -site:com will show results from any site except a .com.

And download our 2-page guide to effective Google searching for even more tips:

Cedar Rapids Campus Library

Benton Hall

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

Iowa City Campus Library

107 Credit Center Building

1816 Lower Muscatine Rd., Iowa City, IA 


If you need disability-related accommodations in order to use the Library, our website, or our resources, please contact the library at or 319-398-5697.