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FCHS Science Fair: Websites

Resources for Science Fair

General Science Websites

Environmental Science Websites

These websites may be helpful for environmental science topics:

Google Search Tip

Google has no idea what your search words mean. It looks for web pages where those words appear. 

Know what you're looking for and use related words or synonyms to get better search results. 

Why? Read about how Google's search algorithm works here. 

Google Search

Better Googling

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("climate change" OR "global warming") AND sea level site:.gov

174,000 results

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How does climate change affect sea level?

3,150,000 results

Here's how to craft a better search to get fewer and more relevant results:

  • Identify the main ideas in your research question.
          How does climate change affect sea level?
     
  • Connect the main ideas with AND.
          climate change AND sea level
     
  • Use quotation marks around 2 or more words.
          "climate change" AND "sea level"
     
  • Use OR between synonyms/related terms.
          ("climate change" OR "global warming") AND sea level
     
  • Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .gov, or .org.
          ("climate change" OR "global warming") AND sea level site:.gov

More information on advanced Google searching and Google Scholar.

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Evaluating Websites

THINK BEFORE YOU ACCEPT THE INFORMATION PRESENTED ON A WEBSITE

Evaluate websites before you use them:

  • Does this website have information that I need?

  • Who wrote the information on this website? Can I contact them?

  • How do I know this person is an expert on this subject?

  • When was the website last updated?  Is this information still up-to-date?

  • What is the purpose of this website?  Is it to provide information, or is it trying to entertain me or to sell me something?

  • Is this information objective?  Does it represent more than one opinion?

  • Who owns the website?

Wikipedia is NOT a reliable academic source!

Evaluating Sources

Finding information on the internet is easy, but anyone can publish anything on line.

When you use Google or social media to find information, how do you know it can be trusted? How do you know it's not biased?

To evaluate websites, we recommend using the CRAAP test. The CRAAP test was developed by the Meriam Library at California State University at Chico. By utilizing the five criteria that make up the CRAAP test you can determine whether or not any source, from website to encyclopedia entry, is credible.

Perkins, Kendra. “The CRAAP Test: An Easy & Fun Way to Evaluate Research Sources.” RefME, 19 Apr. 2016, URL no longer available.