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Getting Started with Research at Shapiro Library

This guide discusses understanding information sources, formulating a topic and search phrase, where and how to search the library for information, how to evaluate sources, how to cite sources, and more.

Finding Web Resources

Search Tips for Finding Web Resources 

Did you know that Google indexes over 1 trillion web pages? That's a lot information out on the web! You don't want to wade through that many web pages to find the information you need, so in addition to evaluating every source you find online, you'll want to employ effective searching techniques. Check out the Search Tips area for valuable information on using keyword searches, quotation marks for phrase searching, and more.

Use search tools you can trust - these subject directories were built by librarians and are filled with web resources that have been evaluated for credibility and organized so you can use them easily:

Whenever possible, use advanced search features to control your search. For example, Google allows you to limit your search to just government or educational web sites via a domain limiter. For more information, check out the Google Like A Librarian guide or the diagram below:

How to Google It

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Evaluating Web Resources

There's a lot of great information out there on the web, but there's also a lot of inaccurate, biased, outdated information as well. How can you tell the difference? When searching online and using web resources it is critical that you are evaluating every source you find online.

Visit the Evaluating Websites guide for detailed information on how to evaluating web resources by: 

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