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Surround your terms in quotation marks to ensure Google keeps the words together. Phrase searches using quotation marks are useful when searching for famous sayings or specific names.
Example: searching for "art history" and "south carolina" will return only pages that have those exact phrases.
Restrict your returns to a specific domain. E.g. site:edu, org.
Example: childhood poverty and statistics site:gov
Limit your search to a particular file extension, such as .pdf, .jpg, .ppt,.
Example: Matisse filetype:ppt
The web is a great information resource. Because there is so much information you can usually find some information on your topic, however, because anyone can put anything on the web, you need to be very careful when using the web as a research source.You can use the following checklist to help you to determine the reliability of the information you find on a website:
Hint: Look for links providing information about the author and his or her e-mail address. Check for "about us," "philosophy," etc. for information about the organization.
Consider if currency is especially important for the research topic.
These are collections of websites that are created and maintained by librarians to support the needs of researchers. These are helpful because they serve a quality control function by listing only credible websites.