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i-CONNECT: Step 3: Find Information: Web Sources

Why use Web Sources?

Web Sources...

  • are easy and convenient
  • contain a huge range of available information
  • are updated frequently
  • include multimedia
  • provide access to some books and journals
  • are available 24 hours a day,
    7 days a week


Google Search Strategies

Pierce College Library. "Smart Web Search Strategies." Pierce College Library. 7 June 2012. Web. 15 July 2014.

Advanced Google Search Tips

Here are some of the advanced search features available in the Google search engine. Using these can help you to improve the relevancy of your search results. Each example below has a live link that will demonstrate the search in Google.

" " (double quotes)

Use these to search for a phrase or an exact word match (not synonyms)
"marcellus shale"
"metabolic syndrome" "college students"
"grammy award winners" 2014



Searches within a specific domain or website. Keep in mind that anyone can register and post information on a .com, .net, .org domain. Sites that end in a .gov, .edu, or .mil have specific registration requirements, so websites on those domains are more controlled.
climate change site:edu
atlanta snow storm 2014 site:gov california drought
statistics population Pennsylvania site:gov OR site:edu


- (minus sign)

Place a minus sign in front of a search word to get results that do not include that word.
"federal reserve" -greenspan
"hillary clinton" -"bill clinton"
"domestic drones" -site:gov


Tips & Tricks

When using Web Sources:

Look for an "About Us," "Mission," or "Contacts" to find out more about the organization.

Check for sources, like "Footnotes" or "References."

No author?  Try finding a better site that will tell you a bit more about who is responsble for publishing the information.

Web Sites in Library Databases

Many of the Library Databases link to web sites that have been evaluated and are extremely credible:

Other Search Engines

The search engines below provide web sites that have been evaluated by librarians based on the five main criteria: coverage, accuracy, authority, objectivity and currency.


 Follow the steps below to learn better research skills:

1. Start Smart    2. Develop a Topic    3. Find Information    NEXT STEP: 4. Evaluate    5. Cite Sources

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