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EMG206/208: Search other sources

Searching the internet

The Internet is a great place to locate background information and additional resources outside of scholarly publications.

There are some tips and tricks you can implement to make the most out of Google Search and improve the relevance and quality of your results. These strategies are slightly different to those offered in Primo Search and journal databases.

While Google Search does offer an Advanced Search, which you might like to use, you can use these strategies within the basic search box to provide you with the same control.

Search for an exact phrase or match

Put your search terms in quotation marks

"incident control"

Exclude a word from your search

Put a dash - before any word you want to exclude

emergency -hospital

Search within a range of numbers

Use two periods .. between the numbers to return results within that range

"emergency management" 2013..2018

Search within a website

Use site: to search within a particular web address or to limit your results to a domain type

Limit by geographical area or time frame Use the Google Tools drop down options to limit to Australia results and/or select a timeframe for your results

Useful websites

The following websites provide Australian and International legislation, policies and strategy documents on emergency management.

Australian websites:

International websites:

Using google effectively

Grey literature

Grey literature refers to scholarly works and research that have not been commercially published. Grey literature is generally not subject to peer review however, it can often be a good source of up to date information. Alternatively, it can provide a valuable historical link to how things were done in the past.

Examples of grey literature include:

  • conference proceedings
  • theses
  • government documents
  • fact sheets and bulletins
  • annual reports
  • business papers
  • informal communication (blogs, podcasts)
  • reports
  • newspapers
  • statistics and census data

To find grey literature you can search:

  • Australian Policy Online
  • Trove to locate Australian publications from libraries, museums, archives and research organisations.
  • Web of Science indexes conference proceedings
  • Internet resources - make use of the Google search tips below.

Locating Standards

To find Australian Standards, you can use Standards online, provided by SAI Global.  This is a database that can be found under S on the A-Z Databases page.

Note: The Charles Sturt University subscription to Standards Online allows three simultaneous users only. If the standard you want is not available to view or save, the licence is currently in use. Return later and try again.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has all NFPA standards, (including NFPA 921) available to read online for free on their website under the section of "Codes and Standards". You will need to create a personal profile to access the online version.