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Horticulture Research Guide: Finding Web Sites

Evaluating Information on the Internet

This page provides some suggested websites on the open internet for your horticulture research. Remember to evaluate internet sources carefully before using and citing them in your research.

For help, refer to our information on evaluating internet sources using the SIFT method.

Useful Websites

For a list of sources with agriculture statistics, visit our Finding Statistics research guide.

Google Search Tips

Tips for effective Google searching: 

  • Use Google advanced search to create the most precise search and for options such as limiting by date, language, and usage rights. 

  • Leave out small, non-descript words such as a, and, the. Google ignores most of these words anyway. 

  • Use clear, precise, descriptive search terms. Do not type your search as a question or statement. 

Example: instead of searching: What are the possible long-term health effects of Covid?, use precise keywords like: long-term health effects Covid 

  • Put exact phrases in quotes 

Example: "Yellowstone National Park" 

  • Put a minus symbol before a word to exclude it from your search results. 

Example: electric vehicles -Tesla 

  • Use OR between words that can be used interchangeably or to search more then one idea at a time. 

Example: junior high or middle school 

  • Use a tilde before a word or phrase to search for related terms 

Example: ~college (This will find related terms such as higher education and 


  • Use the appropriate subset of Google depending on what you need. 

Example: Google Scholar, Books, News, Images, Translate, Videos. 

  • MCC Library resources (books and articles) are findable in Google Scholar. Go into the settings and add McHenry County College Library, save it, and then search. Items that the library owns will be indicated to the right with a Find it @MCC link. 

  • Search within a specific domain or site. 


Example:   *Do not leave any spaces after the colon.* 

Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Search Google Scholar to find scholarly literature from many disciplines in a variety of formats. 

View our document with instructions on adding MCC library resources to your Google Scholar search Results.

How to Cite Sources from Google Scholar

  1. Click on the image of quotation marks below the article information.
  2. Copy and paste the correct citation format into your document. (This will most likely be either APA or MLA style.)
  3. Make the necessary changes to the citation depending on the citation style.


  • Hanging indent
  • Double-spaced
  • Match font of your paper
  • Find and paste the DOI (find by clicking on the title of the article - not all will include a DOI)


  • Hanging indent
  • Double-spaced.
  • Font: Times New Roman 12pt