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Finding Credible Web Sources: Search Tips

This guide provides tools for evaluating the information you find on the free internet, links to suggested resources for finding credible web sources, and links to citation guides for internet sources.

Identify Effective Search Terms

Keywords are the words you type into a search box to search for information on your topic. The words you use to describe your topic may be different from the words used by experts on the topic. For example, another way to describe ocean trash might be marine debris.

Watch the video below for a short tutorial on keywords. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, ask a librarian for help choosing the best keywords to use in your search.

Video courtesy of Ray Howard Library at Shoreline Community College (CC BY-NC 3.0 US)

Search Strategically

Use the following resources to learn how to search Google more effectively: