- Go to the Library home page ( www.cabrillo.edu/services/library)
- Under Library Instruction, click on Course Related Instruction, then click on the Library 10 (A. Najarro) link
|Using Internet Search Engines|
Search engines are powerful websites for looking through very large portions of the Internet. Each search engine provides its own collection of tools and techniques for searching the Internet.
- Begin at the Google search engine website ( www.google.com)
- Type your search terms in the dialog box, and click on the Search button
- Search tips:
- Don't use sentences - choose the key words/concepts from your topic, and use those words for your search
- Use OR (in capital letters) to let Google know when your terms mean the same thing
- To search a specific Internet domain or website, use the "site:" command, as in:
- hispanic OR latina site:gov
- female librarians site:berkeley.edu
- "executive order 9066" site:santacruzpl.org
|Evaluation of Web Sites|
If you have an article published in a peer-reviewed online journal, you’re good to go. However… There are no content, nor publication standards on the web. Anyone can publish, and DOES!
Remember questions of Content, Credibility, and Timeliness:
- Does the site link to other credible sources?
- Have cited references?
- Are the author’s credentials listed?
- Mission statement/”about us” link for the organization?
- Published by reputable organization’s web site?
- Biased? One point of view?
- Personal/monetary gain?
- Commercial ads?
- Poor spelling or grammar?
- Current? Check for updates or copyright date (usually at bottom of page)
G. Romero; rev2/2013