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Use Web Resources With Care!

It is very important to use CREDIBLE web sites for your research. Information on a web site is often not reviewed for accuracy and timeliness. (This doesn't include journal articles and books reprinted digitally.)  Think about the web site you are using. 

  • Has it been recommended by your professor or librarian? 
  • Has it been used as a source in a scholarly paper? 

If the answer to these questions is "No," then ask these questions:

  • Who or what organization created the web site?  (Look for an "about us" link.)
  • What are the credentials of the site's author or sponsoring organization?
  • What is the goal of the site?  (Again, look for an "about us" or "what we do" link.)
  • How often is the site updated?

You can find additional suggestions for evaluating web resources on UC Berkeley's page: Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask:

Searching the Web-Helpful Hints

  • Use keywords and key phrases that describe your research topic.
  • Use quotation marks to denote phrases (many search engines recognize common phrases, but it is better to tell the computer than let the computer tell you what you want).
  • Get to know your Search Engine! Does it have special or advanced features? How does it display results? Can you configure it to work differently?
  • Use Advanced Search Options, if available.  This will give you more control over your search and improve your results.

Google Advanced Search

You can use commands to do an Advanced Search in "regular" Google Search.

Sample Search:

filetype: pdf  [give me ONLY pdf documents]

why?  Most research reports are published online in pdf format.

alternative-- filetype:ppt for powerpoint presentations

domain: org  [give me ONLY results from .org web sites]

why?  Most research organizations are nonprofits, which use the .org domain. 

alternative-- domain:edu for university web sites.

"employee participation"  [give me only documents that contain this phrase]

alternative--  whatever Key Words and Key Phrases define your research topic.

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