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