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WEBSITES: RELEVANT & RELIABLE

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USING GOOGLE TO FIND GOVERNMENT RESEARCH

Google can be used not only to search for everything available via Google, but to search for specific types of information. Some options available using Google:

  • Get only results from a government website by including site:gov in your search:
    • phytochemicals site:gov
  • Find only results where your terms are in the exact order you typed by using "quotes" around your terms:Find results matching either of two or more terms:
    • "vitamin e"
    • "dietary supplements" legislation OR regulation
  • Exclude a topic from your Google searches, using a minus (-) sign:
    • pesticides -agriculture
  • Or, use any combination of these:
    • "food safety" -pregnancy legislation OR regulation site:gov
 

EVALUATING WEBSITES

Consider the Source - Know who is responsible for the content.

Focus on quality - All Web sites are not created equal.  Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted?

Look for the evidence - Rely on research, not opinion.  Does the site identify the author?

Check for currency - Look for the latest information  Is the information current?

Beware of bias - What is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site?

 

ADVANCED GOOGLE SEARCH

Use Advanced Google Search to focus your search:

  • Search only in certain domains:  .edu, .gov, .org
  • Search pages updated recently
  • Search for a phrase:  "Postpartum Depression"
  • Search by region:  Syria

 

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