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Alumni Library Resources: Look It Up

Library resources available to all community members


High quality medical information from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Google It!

Only 5% of internet users know about Google's Advanced Search.  Here are some tips to make your Google searches more successful.

  • Use quotation marks to get Google to return search terms in a certain order. (Great for looking up song lyrics or lines from poems.)
  • Use the minus sign to eliminate results not relevant to your search. (Ex.: mexico -new)
  • Limit your search by domain name, e.g. .org. (Ex.: mississippi tourism
  • Use Google's search engine to search an individual site by adding "site:[url]" to your search terms. (Ex.: bison
  • Search for certain file types by adding "filetype:" to your search terms.  (Ex.: taj mahal filetype:ppt) 
  • Use the ~ sign to search for synonyms for your search terms, e.g. ~college will return results for "university," "higher education," etc.

This video demonstrates these and other advanced search tips.


Government Documents

As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.

Google Earth

Start with Google Maps.  Then switch to Google Earth in the lower left corner.