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“And”, “Or”, “Not” (Boolean Operators): Use the words to narrow or expand your search results. For Example:

      • “Nation Building” AND “Afghanistan” will return results that contain BOTH of the terms.
      • “Adolescent” OR “Juvenile” OR “Teen” will return results that contain at least one of the terms. Useful for words with similar meanings.
      • “Euthanasia” NOT “Animals” will return results that do not cover putting your pet to sleep.

Brainstorm words or concepts that are similar in meaning and use those as search terms. If you find a good resource, look at the “Subject Headings” or “Descriptors” listed and use those as additional search terms.

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Evaluating Websites

Let’s face it–there is a lot of information available on the Internet! How do you determine if it’s GOOD information, especially if you want to use it for research?

Put it through the CRAAP test! Check over the website’s Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. Basically, ask yourself the “who, what, when, and why” of the whole thing.


      • Where does the information come from?
      • Does the author provide references or a bibliography?
      • If references are listed, are they from primary or secondary sources? Are the references themselves trustworthy?
      • Do the links to reference work, or are they broken?


      • How will using this source contribute to your research?
      • Is this type of resource permitted by your professor?


      • Who wrote this information, and why?
      • What credentials or expertise does the author have in the subject area?
      • Is the information fact-based, or opinion-based?
      • Who owns or is sponsoring the website?


      • Is the information contained in this site correct?
      • How accurate is other information within the site?


      • Who is the intended audience? Is it for scholars, the community, or private groups?
      • Does the site include a mission statement?
      • What is the purpose of the site? Is it to inform, instruct, persuade, or to sell?

And, you’ll also want to check


      • Is the information biased? If so, does the author acknowledge these biases?
      • Does the author present alternative points of view?
      • Does the website sponsor have any vested interests that could cause bias?


      • When was the site last updated?
      • Have there been any new developments or changes in that subject since it was created? Is it outdated?
      • How current are the sources listed as references?

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Citing Your Sources

APA Style – from the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Laboratory)

MLA Style, 8th ed. – from the Purdue OWL.


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