Google Scholar is a very good source of knowledge especially with its advanced search, but the options in the advanced search is either search in the title or in the whole paper. How can I search for a word in a title and a word in the paper itself?

e.g. I want to search for papers that title contains the word "meta analysis" and the body contains "Alexandria". Is there a regular expression to do this?

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    I am not sure what this question has to do with "regular expressions". A more suitable term might be "faceted search" (?) Jan 26, 2016 at 17:12
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    note on RE, there's a very nice answer on google and regular expressions here: webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/19673/… = google can't do regular expressions as running them over so large data would require too much computational power. but I believe on "faceted search" the question has a response.
    – puslet88
    Jan 26, 2016 at 17:23
  • @puslet88 It is capable of some regex operations, such as wildcards and ranges. Jan 26, 2016 at 19:29
  • @AustinHenley oh wow, thanks, it allowing asterisks (*) is news to me. At least it didn't use to be a case once upon a time. Thanks!
    – puslet88
    Jan 26, 2016 at 19:35

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You can use intitle: to search for phrases in the title (no space after the colon) and similarly you can use intext: to search in the body.

intitle:"meta analysis" intext:Alexandria

  • Thank you, can you please show me how to include more words? e.g. the titles contains meta-analysis OR cross-sectional and the text contains Alexandria AND Egypt.
    – Elmahy
    Jan 26, 2016 at 19:26
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    @ahmedmar You can just use multiple intext operators as well as use the typical Google operators for boolean operations (e.g., OR). Also, more help about Scholar operators can be found here. Jan 26, 2016 at 19:32

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