May 28 2012

Web research: Maximizing your search results

by Barbie in Research

Researching has become much easier for today’s students, as an infinite amount of information is now just a click away. However, the Internet also features a great deal of inaccurate information from less-than-reputable sources. How do you distinguish between quality web sources and illegitimate ones? Here are a few tips.

  • Narrow your search results to focus on reputable websites. You can search within a specific type of website, such as .edu or.gov, which are often the most reputable sites out there. In your search bar, type the search term followed by site:.edu or site:.gov. This will narrow the search results to websites within this domain.
  • Visit online libraries and databases. Often, the best sources on the web are ones that originated in hard-copy form. There are countless databases where you can search academic literature and journal articles, allowing you to discover reputable, published studies on the web. Your school library’s website is a smart place to start your search.
  • Try Google Scholar. You can search scholarly literature across disciplines in one quick search.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our web research series tomorrow!