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FYS 270 - Illuminating the Code of Dance: Searching for Information Online

Advanced Google Searching

GO BEYOND A BASIC GOOGLE SEARCH!

 

Retrieve particular types of sites. Add this to your search:

site:.org       Finds non-profit websites

site:.gov      Finds government websites

site:.edu      Finds college & university websites

 

Try it below:

Google Web Search

Advanced Google Searching +

GO BEYOND A BASIC GOOGLE SEARCH!

 

Retrieve particular types of sites. Add this to your search:

site:.org       Finds non-profit websites

site:.gov      Finds government websites

site:.edu      Finds college & university websites

 

Retrieve particular file types. Add this to your search:

filetype:pdf    Finds PDFs (articles, reports, etc.)

filetype:ppt or filetype:pptx    Finds PowerPoints (presentations, etc.)

 

Try it below:

Google Web Search

Primary Sources in the Natural Sciences

This video will highlight the differences between primary sources, secondary sources, and review articles in the Natural Sciences. (Time 4:34)

Open Captioned version

Evaluating Internet Sources -- thumb

Internet Research--wikipedia and search engines

WIKIPEDIA

Wikipedia? Yes...Wikipedia.  You shouldn’t cite Wikipedia as a source in your research paper. And no, it is not because Wikipedia is a bad source for information. Wikipedia is about as accurate as any other encyclopedia out there.  

You shouldn’t use it as a source for your paper because it is just an encyclopedia. College level work requires more sophisticated source material.  However, it is perfectly fine to use for background research.

You can also use the reference page of Wikipedia enteries to find useful sources for your paper.   

Go to www.wikipedia.org and Look up your topic  

Write down important names, dates, and key terms. Use these to help find information on the internet and from library databases. Some researchers even fill in a background research log to help with research. 

SEARCH ENGINES

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. 

5 Search Engines 

www.google.com 

www.bing.com

www.ask.com

www.yahoo.com

www.alltheweb.com

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