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Center on Human Rights Education Research Guide: Research Tips

Strengthening Discussion, Striving for Progression

Conducting Google Research

Searching Google and Google Scholar Effectively

Google is an excellent tool for discovering primary documents from the U.S. government, international organizations, and foreign governments

Google Scholar searches the full text of many peer-reviewed publications, searching capabilities that go beyond many of the capabilities of our library databases

Finding Primary Resources:


The trick to searching Google effectively is to determine the Internet domain you wish to search, and then to perform a focused search using a site limit. To discover top-level Internet domains for other nations, you can consult Domain Name Registries Around the World

Here are some sample searches.

1. To find documents from mainland China on human rights, you can use the Domain Name link above to discover that the top-level Internet domain for China is cn. Then, you can construct a Google search like this: site:cn human rights. Looking at the Google results you will notice that likely refers to government sites within China. You can refine your search this way: human rights. Further, since many substantive documents are created in PDF format, you can further restrict your results: "human rights" filetype:pdf.

2. The primary United Nations domain is You can search Google's indexing of UN documents following this example: "human trafficking" child labour

3. The various agencies of the U.S. government can be effectively searched in the same manner: "human rights" "Indigenous peoples"

"human rights" "Indigenous peoples" filetype:pdf "human rights" Latin America


Searching Google Scholar:


A complete description of how to search Google Scholar can be found in the Research Guide:  Google Scholar: Finding Fulltext through U. of Denver Databases

Researching at DU's Anderson Academic Commons

The Anderson Academic Commons brings together the University of Denver's main library and popular academic support services in one convenient location. Some useful resources include: