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ENG 152: Digital Nation: Finding Web Sites

Research Tip: Free Web vs. Fee Web

The Free Web is made up of web pages you can find using Google and other free web search engines. Some assignments do not allow free web resources. Good material may be found here, but you might also find a lot of popular resources that are inappropriate for academic writing. Refer to our SCARAB for help in evaluating your sources.

The Fee Web (also known as the Hidden, Invisible, or Deep Web) includes subscription databases. You can limit your results to full text and scholarly, peer-reviewed articles that are often required.

Research Tip: Searching with Google

Google Searching

Try library resources first (books, databases, and more), but if you must search Google, try our searching tips:

  • 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) should 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

Google: word order matters

Frontline: Digital Nation (90 min. documentary)

Web sites

Drones

Digitized Lives

woman with whirl of digital media images above head