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JOUR 390: Freedom of the Press

Evaluating Internet Resources

The Internet can provide a valuable source of information. Check out the University Library's Reading Laterally for Fact Checking page for in-depth strategies to critically think about the authority, bias, accuracy, currency, and coverage of the information you find. For more information see the resources on this page to support you in effectively reviewing internet sources. 

Searching the Internet

Advanced Google Searching

Google offers many search techniques to help refine results, similar to what can be done in a library database. For example:

Enclose keywords in quotes to search an exact phrase: "san fernando valley"

Enclose in parentheses and separate with OR to retrieve any of those keywords in the results: (csun OR "california state university northridge")

Add a minus sign to remove webpages containing a keyword or phrase: -parking

Limit search to specific website: site:.calstate.edu

Limit search to specific domain: site:.gov

Limit results by date of last update: From the results screen, click Search Tools and select time period from the Anytime menu

Get definitions or explanations of terms: define keyword/phrase, i.e., define "fiscal cliff"

Watch the Advanced Google Searching video for more help.

See also: Web Search Help for more tips and tricks for searching Google

More Search Engines

Google Scholar - (searches scholarly journals and other academic sources.) 

Google Products - (Google offers many productivity tools as well as other specialized search engines.)

SearchEngineWatch - (There's more to searching the Internet than Google! This is a comprehensive directory of search engines by type.)

Evaluating Websites

In this video you will learn: How to determine if a website is a good source for your assignment.

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