Domain searching -- Limits results according to a website's top level domain. For example, .gov (government websites), .edu (education) and .org (organization)
site:domain search term(s)
Site searching -- Limits results to a particular website
site:url search term(s)
Statistics searching -- Use the tilde (~) to find data related to search terms
It is important for a researcher to evaluate any resource for reliability and usefulness. The following are the general elements considered when reviewing a resource.
|Author/Publisher or Sponsor
|What is their knowledge of the subject or expertise in the field? Do they have a vested interest in a certain point of view? Pay close attention to an author's word choice, omissions, the limiting of debate, framing of the story, and the selection and use of sources. Bias influences include geography, affiliations and the nature of the medium.
|Is the information appropriate for an academic audience?
|Is something more current needed?
|Are there errors? Is the resource fact or opinion based?
|Are there citations? Are the cited sources reliable?
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