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Introduction to Library Resources for Learning Center Tutors: Websites

Where do Internet Sources Come From?

Evaluate your results by considering:

  • Who is the author?
  • Who is the publisher:  what business or organization is putting this information on the internet?
  • Is there a date?
  • Where is their information coming from?  Do they provide references?
  • Who is the audience:  who are they writing for?


Three ways to Google:

1.  Advanced Google Search

  •    On this advanced page you can use this: "Search within a site or domain" to limit your search to .edu and .org
  •    Use quotation marks for phrases like "what is education"
  •    Always be critical! Information from a .edu or a .org should be approached critically, too!

2. Google Scholar

  • It's powerful, like a cross between Google and a database
  • It's a bit frustrating, because most of the articles are not available "full-text"
  • Solution: articles that have "PDF" on the right side of screen often are "full-text"
  • Another Solution: E-mail me the article's citation (the main information about the article) and I'll try to find it

3.  Google News

  • News sources from around the world
  • Good for getting current articles on recent news