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Library 10

   How to get to this page on the Internet
  • Go to the Library home page (
  • 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.

  1. Begin at the Google search engine website (
  2. Type your search terms in the dialog box, and click on the Search button
  3. 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
      • "executive order 9066"
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


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