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Effective web searching

There is no control over the content that is published on the internet.

We recommend you become familiar with strategies to effectively evaluate the information you find while searching the web.

Evaluate your sources!


Wikipedia is a great resource, especially when you are just getting started with your research. You will generally find a complete and well-cited overview of the topic. However, since anyone can add to Wikipedia, it's not 100% trustworthy.

As you are doing your research, use Wikipedia to help you find sources and understand what to look for - in other words, use it as a starting point for your research, but do not cite Wikipedia itself.

Search Google

Google Web Search

Before searching Google, take a look at these websites to learn some useful web search tips:

Search within a website

Site:[Domain] [Keywords]


Site: climate change

Search for similar websites



Remove or avoid keywords

[Keywords you want] -[Keyword you don't want]


climate change -conspiracy

Search for a phrase or exact term

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase or a specific term


"climate change"

Decoding Domains

Commonly recognized top-level domains:

  • .edu = educational site (usually a university or college)
  • .com = commercial business site
  • .gov = U.S. governmental/non-military site
  • .mil = U.S. military sites and agencies
  • .net = networks, internet service providers, organizations
  • .org = U.S. non-profit organizations and others

Examples of Internet country code top-level domains:

  • .ca = Canadian site
  • .uk = United Kingdom site
  • .in = Indian site