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Find tips on how to search Google more effectively. Evaluate search results to select the best website for your project.

Are your websites reliable? Use the C.R.A.A.P test. The quality of your final research project is related to the quality of the sources you use.

Currency: the timeliness of the information

  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Is the information current or out-of date for your topic?
  • Are the links functional?

Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?

Authority: the source of the information

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? (.com, .edu, .gov, .org)

Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

Purpose: the reason the information exists

  • What is the purpose of the information?
  • Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
 

Advanced tips for searching Google

Explicit Phrase: Google searches for each word separately. If you want to search a specific phrase, put it in qoutation marks and google will search the phrase you want. Example Search: "inbound marketing" All results must have inbound marketing together in the right order.

Exclude Words: Sometimes your results will include content you do not want. If you want to exclude these results,simply use the - sign in front of the word you want to exclude.  For the example you art telling Google to exclude any advertising results from your inbound marketing search. Example Search: inbound marketing -advertising

Words in the Text: If you want to find a webpage where all the terms you're searching for appear in the text of that page (but not necessarily beside each other), type in allintext: followed immediately by words or phrases. Example Search: allintext:vermont ski house lake

Word Definitions: If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the define: command. Search Example: define:plethora

Information in a Specific Website: If you're looking for information related to a specific website, you can use the sitecommand. Search Example: star wars site: nytimes.com. Or you can look for look for information in a specific URL by using the site: command. Example: star wars site:.com.