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ENC 1102 (Vrhovac) - Annotated Bibliography Project: Websites

Google Search Tips

Tip #1: Think before you search!

  • Consider: who or what group would be an authority on your topic? Search for a site that offers this perspective.
  • Consider: what type of site would contain the information you need? Do you want a news story? statistics? a research study? Search for this type of site.

Tip #2: Use Google syntaxes

  • If you're looking for a specific type of site, you can type site:.org or site:.gov with your keywords.
  • More syntaxes are available here!

Evaluating Sources

The video below provides a brief overview of evaluating sources for credibility. In particular, pay attention to the author or sponsor's education and expertise on the topic (authority), their point of view, and how current the information is.

If you're not sure of these things, check to see if the site has an About Us link that will tell you more. Also look for clues such as the site's language and tone, domain type (.edu, .gov, .org, etc.), and the presence and number of advertisements.

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