Google Scholar ranks your results in part based on the number of times an article has been cited. Since it takes a while for even the best research articles to accumulate a large number of citations this means that Google Scholar will tend to display older research.
To adjust your results so that you can view results from a particular year - or so you can view the most recent research - use one of the date options found on the left-hand side of the page - "custom range" or "sort by date".
It is possible to use the command intitle: in a standard Google Scholar search blank to limit certain words to the title while allowing other words to appear anywhere in the article. Be sure that the term or phrase (which should be typed in quotes) is entered immediately to the right of the colon in intitle:
Example 1 - a search for an article that contains the phrase "climate change" in the title and also contains the words "Iowa" and "flooding" somewhere else in the article:
Example 2 - a search for an article that contains both the phrase "climate change" and the word "drought" somewhere in the title, as well as the word "Africa" somewhere in the article:
Google Scholar provides a powerful way to search articles that have cited a favorite article. Enter the title of a favorite article into Google Scholar then click on the "Cited by" option underneath the entry.
Then be sure to check the Search within citing articles box.
Then enter a concept and search all of the citing articles for that word.
However, if you are off campus Google Scholar will not automatically supply the "Find it! @ UNI" unless you either ...
... or you change the Google Scholar settings on the computer you are using off campus as follows:
1. Click on the three stacked bars (box) in the upper left-hand corner of Google Scholar
2. Click on the settings wheel
3. Click on the Library links option
4. Type Iowa into the blank and click on the search button
5. Check the option "University of Northern Iowa - Find it! @ UNI"
6. Click on Save