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ENG 151&152 / PLT 155 Community & Local Research: Community Web Sites

Research Tip: Searching with Google

Google Search Tips:

  • generally, Google should be the LAST thing you search (try Library sources first)
  • use "quotation marks" for phrase searching
  • -site:.com added to your search will eliminate ALL .com sites in search results
  • site:.edu (or site:.gov) will ONLY search within the designated domain
  • when considering using a web site for your paper, evaluate it with the SCARAB Rubric (see Evaluating Sources tab)
  • follow your instructor's source requirements--sometimes they won't let you use sites from the free web