July 4, 2016

  • Start with the school library databases & online resources and print materials
  • Also check the public library databases & books
  • Remember, there are other search engines besides Google.

Google Scholar
Infotopia – “academic research engine accessing only trusted websites previously selected by librarians, teachers and library and educational consortia”

When searching the internet…

  • use specific search terms
  • put the most important search terms first
  • use common terms (e.g. instead of saying
  • use ~ to look for similar terms ==> ~impacts (looks for similar terms such as effects, consequences as well)
  • use ”  “ for exact phrases  ==> “industrial revolution”
  • use – before a word to remove it from search results ==>  london -england
  • search a specific domain name ==> (only searches .edu sites)
  • use Boolean operators
    • and ==> Vancouver and tourism (looks for both)
    • or ==> quebec or Ontario (looks for either one)
    • not ==> college not university  (looks for college NOT university)

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