Primo is the library's main search engine for electronic and print materials. The easiest way to get to Primo is from the search box on the library's home page.
Three important things to keep in mind about Primo, especially for this class, are:
Because different search engines search the Internet in different ways, you should always search more than one search engine when looking for information for your research. Try a mix of these alternatives:
Because you are using websites for college research (and not just personal knowledge), the information you use must be accurate and credible.
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask can assist you with this process
SEARCH ONLY SPECIFIC DOMAINS
One tip that can be particularly helpful is to limit what you're searching by specifying a set of domains (the ending of a website URL).
For instance, a search for "Victor Erice" will get you vastly different results if you just look on Google, versus if you tell Google to ONLY look at websites that end with .edu, which is the domain for universities in the US.
In Google, you can do this by adding the phrase site:.edu to the end of your search. (Unfortunately, Spanish universities don't have a specific domain, so the best you can do is site:.es to find all Spanish web pages) Other search engines often have advanced options that can achieve the same effect.
Since many archives and universities make historical pictures and documents available online at no cost, you can often find some fascinating information this way.
However, don't assume that just because something is hosted on a university website, you don't need to check its authenticity. Many faculty have personal blogs on university websites, and some also have strange senses of humour.