On this tab, students will be able to browse suggested websites, learn more about how search engines such as Google work, explore suggested search terms and ways to narrow Internet results, and learn more about evaluating websites to select the best information for a college level assignment.
A library database and a website can both be advantageous in your research process. Depending on your research need you may decide to use one more than the other.
Search engines are:
You can begin your searches with the suggested search terms below:
Dolphin or Marine Mammals
Death or Mortality
Virus or Virology or Microbiology or Epidemiology
Similar to searching a library database, you can combine search terms when searching the web (i.e. dolphin + mortality).
Also consider narrowing your results by adding a term to your search string to help narrow the type of results. For example, you can add news, report, data, statistics, etc. See the example results below for the search terms dolphin + mortality + report.
This short video will provide you with an overview of how Google and similar search engines work. A search engine, such as Google, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, or Bing, uses the company’s search formula to find information on the web.
A key expectation of college-level research is that you will gather information from credible sources. Websites, articles, books, and media can all be credible sources -- or not. There is much to learn about selecting credible sources; however, "The C.R.A.A.P. Test" provides a handy acronym to get you started. The letters stand for five basic criteria you can use to evaluate sources.