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.
One method to evaluate internet sources is called the SIFT Method. SIFT stands for:
Stop - What do you know about the author, website, or organization? Are they reputable? What do others have to say about them?
Investigate the source - Can you find their credentials? What else have they written? (One place to check is Google Scholar.) Where were those article published? What do others have to say about them? What organization(s) do they work for or support? Are their affiliations biased in some way or do they promote an agenda?
Find better coverage - If your source is popular, can you find a scholarly source that confirms the information? Consider upgrading.
Trace back to the original source - Does the source link to or cite their sources, or mention sources by name? Can you track them down? Do you have the entire story? Was anything left out? Was it taken out of context?
Tips for searching effective Google searching:
Example: instead of searching: What are the possible long-term health effects of Covid?, use precise keywords like: long-term health effects Covid
Example: "Yellowstone National Park"
Example: electric vehicles -Tesla
Example: junior high or middle school
Example: Google Scholar, Books, News, Images, Translate, Videos.
Example: site:.cdc.gov *Do not leave any spaces after the colon.*
Search Google Scholar to find scholarly literature from many disciplines in a variety of formats.
Click here for instructions on how to add MCC library resources to your Google Scholar search Results.