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11th Grade Research: Websites

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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. 

Advanced Searching

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Boolean Operators save you time and get better search results. 

This helps you become a more efficient student, but also works when you're Googling or even in online shopping.

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 is credible.

Make a copy of this document to easily evaluate internet sources.

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

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

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