- Google Advanced Search and Power Search Commands
- Evaluating Websites: question what you find
- Sweet Search – a search engine created for students by teachers and researchers that returns only reliable results!
- Remember that your first stop for reputable sources is always from our List of Databases. Try their Advanced Search and look for the database’s Help and Search Strategies sections.
|Google Advanced Search||Consider using advanced search functions when searching the Net by setting the following functions.► Be sure to use reliable websites. For tips on evaluating websites see Green Guide (from earlhaig.ca/library): p 30-31|
|Use a variety of related Keywords in your search
||Search NYPL (left panel “Topics“, “Show more…“) to help find related keywords. (Ex: Canadian Law, legislation, constitution)|
|Try variations (singular/plural) or synonyms of the keyword
|all these words:
(enclose in ” “)
|List and the topics separated by a space (equivalent to using quotation marks)
|site or domain:(site: ____ )||Restrict to a university domain (utoronto.ca, yorku.ca, harvard.edu) to hone in on academic sites. Be sure to check the URL for ~ which may indicate a student (rather than professor) page.
|File type:||Try for more official docs (e.g., filetype:pdf)|
|Boolean commands (AND, OR, NOT)
Evaluate Websites – p32 of Green Guide pw in agenda p22