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Information Literacy: 14. Internet Search Tips

Strategies used to incorporate research skills for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Management.


Just as with all your other sources, it's up to you to review the ones you find and see if they are suitable for your assignment. Use the criteria in 5 Steps to Evaluation to help determine if your Internet is suitable for college level research. Here are some more sites to help:

Search Engines

No single search site can keep up with all of the content on the Internet. That is one reason why you can get very different results from different search sites.

Another is how search sites get the web pages they list. Some have robots or spiders (computer programs) that search other sites on the Internet, some have pages based on data input from people and others have a combination. There are many other differences in the programs that affect the outcome of a search. These are the best search sites on the Internet:

Search Tips

Make your search more effective and save time with these tips:

- Use different sites
   (e.g. Google, Google Scholar, or Bing)

- Use advanced search features to get better results

- Use plus and minus signs (+/-) to include or exclude terms
   (e.g. Donald Trump -Pelosi)

- Use quotes ("") to search for exact phrases 
   (e.g. "Rocket launch")

- Use synonyms of your search term
  (e.g. multicultural, cultural differences, diversity describe the same concept)

- Use truncation symbols for root spelling variations
   (e.g. cultur* retrieves culture, cultures, cultural, culturally, etc.)

- Double check your spelling