If you decide to search the web...
Where should I start my search?
First, feel free to use the search engine of your choice. Google, Bing and Yahoo are the three most popular search engines on the web. Keep in mind, these search engines do not evaulate the accuracy or quality of websites. Look for sources from government (.gov) or educational websites (.edu) in your search results.
What do I search for?
The internet is full of information - you need to find quality, accurate information.
Start your search with the basic keywords you have chosen. You can enter multiple words phrases into the search engine by connecting the words with "AND" of "OR". If you are looking for a phrase, like a famous quote, enclose the phrase in quotation marks. Here are some example search strings you could use:
- Aristotle AND women
- nicomachean ethics and happiness and greek philosophy
- Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
If your search is turning up too many sites that are not helpful, try adding more words or phrases to your search. Additionally, each of the main three search engines will allow you to focus your search by type, i.e. searching for images, videos, news stories and more.
What websites should I use?
- Look for websites from professional organizations, government agencies and other educational institutions. These types of websites will usually have web addresses that end with ".edu", ".gov" or ".org".
- Find websites that have clearly identified the author of the work, the date of publication, and any source information.
- Avoid websites with "community generated content". If you can edit the page (Examples: Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary), then anyone can edit the page. The information on blogs, forums, social media sites, wikis, and other open pages is not verified and can be false.
- Verify information you find online by finding a second article or website that support any facts or claims.
- Ask your instructor or a library staff member if you have any doubts!
For additional tips, strategies, and suggestions on using internet search engines, check out the links below.
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