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If your instructor allows you to use popular sources for your assignment, this page provides some search tips to find the most relevant results. The results that appear at the top of a Google search aren't always the most relevant. Results can appear at the top because:
- The owner of the site has paid for that priority (often as an ad).
- The site has been accessed frequently.
- Numerous other unknown reasons based on Google's algorithms.
Remember to evaluate information carefully before you decide to use it for your paper! Click the Evaluating Information tab for help.
Research Tip: Searching with Google
If you're looking for popular sources, try our Google search tips:
- Use "quotation marks" for phrase searching (for example, "foodborne illness")
- -site:.com added to your search will eliminate ALL .com sites in search results.
- site:.edu (or site:.gov) should ONLY search within those designated domains.
- Evaluate internet sources carefully when considering using them for your paper. Refer to our SCARAB Rubric for help. (See Evaluating Sources tab.)
- Follow your instructor's source requirements -- sometimes they won't let you use sites from the free web.