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HCC Libraries Help Guide - Ask A Librarian! : Google Search Tutorials

Search Google like a pro and, just as importantly, evaluate what you fnd.

Google Search

Search webpages, images, videos and more.

There are special features to help you find exactly what you're seeking: How to Search on Google

Google Scholar

Search for scholarly literature across many subject areas and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Google Scholar Search Tips 

If you're off-campus, Set up Google Scholar on your computer to allow access to HCC Libraries resources.

Access Google Scholar through HCC Libraries databases; no need to adjust your computer's settings:

Google Books- search and access SOME book full text online

Search inside millions of books.

  • Use the "find in a library" link to discover if HCC owns a book..

How to Use Google Books

C.R.A.P. Detection

Be sure to think carefully about the resources you are using. Apply the C.R.A.P. detection model

    * Currency - How recent is the information?

    * Reliability - What kind of information is included in the resource? Is it balanced? Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

    * Authority - Who is the creator or author? Who is the publisher or sponsor?  What is the author's or publisher's interest (if any) in this information?

    * Purpose/Point of View - Is this fact or opinion?  Is the creator/author trying to sell you something; persuade you about something?

Some people add another "A" to spell CRAAP. the extra a is for Accuracy - Is the content readable? Is the content truthful? Is the content correct?

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